A treasured museum that has been a lifeline for local veterans plans to close its doors. But part of it will continue to serve the Southwest Florida community.
Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral couldn’t overcome the financial impacts of the pandemic to stay open, as it is set to close its doors Thursday, Oct. 1.
For veterans, the building was much more than a museum. They gathered together for a final luncheon Tuesday.
For 12 years, founders Ralph Santillo and Nick Napolitano gave it their all and now that it’s over, they have one word to sum up how they feel.
“Sad,” Napolitano said.
Together, Napolitano and Santillo made it their mission to preserve military artifacts. Now, they must find a new home for these treasures.
“This is 12 years,” Santillo said. “It’s hard…