Posts Tagged: Legacy of Valor

Patriot Plaza tours: a year of education and inspiration


Patriot Plaza was designed, built and constructed within Sarasota National Cemetery by The Patterson Foundation, then donated to the National Cemetery Administration for the purpose of Honoring Veterans, Inspiring Patriotism and Embracing Freedom. Sarasota National Cemetery is a national shrine operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration, located on State Road… Read more »

Veteran Wes Moore’s book shared with the community


The Patterson Foundation is giving copies of U.S. Army combat veteran Wes Moore’s latest book “The Work” to veterans and those serving them in honor of Veterans Day. In “The Work,” Moore, who served as a featured speaker during the events of The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit, shares his wisdom and lessons learned from… Read more »

Fanning a flame of community support for veterans


The Legacy of Valor Campaign to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom appears to be winding down but the community support, enthusiasm, and anticipation mounts with the approaching dedication of Patriot Plaza, the 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. The spark that Legacy of Valor ignited has grown to a steady and constant flame in our… Read more »

A community wraps its arms around veterans

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WOW! That is the best word to describe the past 18 months. What an amazing year spent having a front-row seat watching our community wrap their arms around honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism, and embracing freedom through Legacy of Valor. Before this journey began, I felt like I was patriotic. My grandfather was career military, retiring from the Army… Read more »

Marine Corps celebrates 238 years


As the United States Marine Corps celebrates 238 years, we honor those who followed a calling to serve our country — from the first Marines in 1775 to those like our Legacy of Valor veteran Edward Valdez, a retired Master Sergeant from Bradenton who served for 20 years — including combat deployments in Somalia, the… Read more »

U.S. Air Force celebrates its birthday this week


Fly-Fight-Win –that’s the United States Air Force motto adopted in 2010. If we look back to 1947, we see the unique origins of this branch of our nation’s military and how it embodies that motto today. On September 18, 1947, with this excerpt from the National Security Act of 1947, the United States Air Force… Read more »

America the Beautiful: Parting reflections on the All-America City experience


America the Beautiful. The setting was Denver, Colorado. The spirit of patriotism for our country was in the air, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of this great song. I am so unbelievably proud to have represented Sarasota County as a delegate at the All America City Awards. I was there as an “expert”… Read more »