Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary
Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary
Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary
Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary
Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary

January 2010 – 2024

Patriot Plaza's 10th Anniversary

The Purpose

Our nation's national cemeteries are the final resting places for men and women who served our country with unmatched valor. Patriot Plaza, a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida, features commissioned art that honors veterans, inspires patriotism, and embraces freedom. The space is a place of peace and reflection and exists for our community to honor veterans through ceremonies and events for generations to come. Patriot Plaza was dedicated and donated to the National Cemetery Administration on June 28, 2014, in front of more than 3,000 community members and dignitaries.

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation worked closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration on the design and construction of Patriot Plaza — the first time private philanthropy collaborated with the agency to complete an enhancement of this complexity. Fully funded by The Patterson Foundation, the $12 million Patriot Plaza is a model for other communities with national cemeteries and promotes the National Cemetery Administration’s burial services for eligible veterans and family members. Less than 20 percent of those eligible use the burial benefits — whether they pass away in service or decades later.


PATRIOT PLAZA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

The Patterson Foundation celebrated the 10th anniversary of Patriot Plaza's 2014 dedication with a free special event. For a decade, the Plaza has been a cornerstone in The Patterson Foundation's legacy initiatives, attracting visitors with its grand architecture, symbolic artwork, and compelling documentary photography. This landmark continues to be a beacon of The Patterson Foundation's early and generous support.

The artwork invites visitors to observe, through various mediums of commissioned art—bronze, mosaic, and photography—our nation’s struggles and victories dating from the 1860s American Civil War through Desert Storm.

The Plaza’s amphitheater provides shade and a respectful, peaceful space to reflect on the artwork and think quietly about the service and sacrifice of protecting our nation’s freedom. 

In the years ahead, Patriot Plaza will remain a serene oasis, offering both shade and a tranquil atmosphere. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the commissioned artwork, reflecting on the sacrifices made by countless individuals.
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