SARASOTA COUNTY – The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, the Venice Area Veterans Council and Sarasota County’s Veterans Benefits Unit are hosting parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice to honor United States veterans and the victims of all wars, on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The Sarasota parade will start at Main Street and Osprey Avenue, and travel west along Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park on Gulfstream Avenue. Veteran service organizations, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, civic organizations, high school marching bands, historical military equipment and others are all expected to take part. A ceremony will take place immediately following the parade and feature Col. Stephen D. Cork, U.S. Army Retired, and the original commandant of the Sarasota Military Academy, as the guest speaker.
The theme of the Sarasota parade will be “When Duty Calls,” according to Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee President Dan Kunkel.
“The parade and ceremony are an opportunity for the citizens of Sarasota County to honor not only veterans, but police officers, fire fighters, sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel,” Kunkel added.
The Venice ceremony, hosted by American Legion Novel Post 159, will start at 10 a.m., at Patriots Park, 401 West Venice Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. Water will be provided.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.
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