The Patterson Foundation (TPF) selected the military as one of its nine legacy initiatives honoring the Patterson family heritage. Jim Patterson attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and rose to the rank of captain during World War II.
As TPF started on the path to launch its vision and focus, the newly founded Sarasota National Cemetery was just becoming visible and available in the community. It seemed a very fitting spot for military recognition. It is in the spirit of the Patterson legacy and in gratitude for the service of all veterans to our country that TPF will create a permanent memorial enhancement at Sarasota National Cemetery. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration approval of the enhancement design was announced on July 23, 2011.
The Sarasota community and surrounding counties have shown their dedication to our veterans by securing the location and by the turnout of over 3,000 for the Dedication/Ground Breaking Ceremony held on June 1, 2008. The Patterson Foundation project will provide a space for this same community to share pride and reflection on the sacrifices of all veterans and their families.
Our vision will provide an area to remember all veterans who have and still are fighting for our freedom. Beyond bricks and mortar, TPF hopes to instill a sense of community pride by involving veterans services groups during the planning stages.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing our progress with all of you as we create a place for the living to reflect, remember and show respect. What’s your favorite way to say thank you to our service men and women?