BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- The replica of the Washington D.C Vietnam Veterans Monument is now display. It was escorted into Bonita Springs yesterday. Today, only WINK News talked to the man who paid the $15,000 to bring the wall back another year.
Bonita Springs resident Robert Gillette is very humble about his contribution. He says there was no doubt in his mind, this was right thing to do.
"It doesn't matter what the dollar amounts are, what matters is we bring this to our community on Veterans Day to honor our veterans," said Gillette.
For Robert Gillette, the thousands needed to bring the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to Southwest Florida, was just a small donation to make a big impact for the veterans in our community.
"I am fortunate enough to have the resources to do these things, it's just my way of giving back."
It was two years ago, Gillette committed to bringing the replica here another year.
"The driver that brought the wall, I ordered the wall that day for this veterans weekend."
It's his promise to the thousands who served, and the many who didn't make it home from Vietnam.
58, 272 died in Vietnam, their names are etched in the wall.
"I think it's a healing, and it's one that reminds them we love them and appreciate what they have done for us."
But without his contribution, the wall would not have made it another year.
"Money is not the issue, cause I don't look at this from a money stand point."
The City of Bonita Springs and the Veterans Council is taking are of the housing for the driver and staff.
The wall will be up through Veterans Day.