Department of Veterans Affairs Approves The Patterson Foundation Funded Enhancement to Sarasota National Cemetery

Posted on July 23, 2011 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation announced July 23 that its proposed $5.5 million ceremonial enhancement to Sarasota National Cemetery was approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.

The announcement was delivered at the site of Sarasota’s new national cemetery including the following speakers: Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro, Rep. Vern Buchanan, The Patterson Foundation’s Designation Committee Chairman John T. Berteau and foundation President and CEO Debra Jacobs.

The Patterson Foundation chose to honor the Patterson family’s military history by creating a military initiative to support ceremonial enhancements to the Sarasota National Cemetery, which opened in 2009 and is currently under construction.

The 1.77-acre enhancement design within the cemetery’s 295-acre compound will allow veterans’ families and veterans groups the opportunity to use the grounds in honor of their fallen military loved ones. The enhanced area may also be used for special occasions and for large gatherings such as dedications, military ceremonies and other patriotic events, according to established guidelines.

"Strong support from the local community makes a big difference to our ability to serve Veterans and their families," said Steve L. Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. "It can take years to build that level of support. But not here. We were welcomed to Sarasota with open arms and, as The Patterson Foundation's donation and today's gathering demonstrate, this community's warm embrace continues."

Sarasota National Cemetery Ceremonial Enhancement Fact Sheet

To learn more about the event, visit our press room, and read more on the Military Initiative blog.

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