November 13–16, 2014 Event
Veterans Legacy Summit
Strengthening the Impact
Why did The Patterson Foundation support the Veterans Legacy Summit?
What events were featured during the Veterans Legacy Summit?
The Veterans Legacy Summit encompassed numerous local venues and entities hosting a variety of events highlighting veterans' issues and the entire military experience. Military leaders, dignitaries, and public figures from across the country lent their time and expertise to the summit, serving as speakers and contributors during each event.The Veterans Legacy Summit, held in Sarasota, Florida, between November 14–16, 2014, was comprised of the following events (see links for details):
- Gallery Walk/Creative Conversations — Interactive engagements with Patriot Plaza artists at the Ringling Museum of Art
- Veterans Legacy Film Festival — Screenings of films documenting the lives of service members and military families throughout our nation's history, with students from local schools as well as adults filling the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
- Art Symposium — Series of panels and workshops at Ringling College of Art and Design featuring Patriot Plaza's award-winning artists and photojournalists
- “Zoned In” Workshops — Educational sessions at Florida Studio Theatre devoted to veterans' issues
- “Legacy Zone” Booths — Exhibition of national veterans service organizations at Patriot Plaza
- Celebrate Service & Sacrifice — Heartfelt salute to America's veterans featuring inspiring guests and speakers at Patriot Plaza
- West Point Band Community Concert — Full-length musical tribute to service members in all five branches of the military featuring the U.S. Army's oldest band and performed at Patriot Plaza as a gift to the community
What was the impact of the Veterans Legacy Summit?
- Attracted guests from 25 states and the District of Columbia, with upwards of 7,000 participants at the various events
- Connected The Patterson Foundation’s military-related initiatives and the work of others across the country to the White House's Joining Forces initiative thanks to a plenary by Col. Steve Parker, executive director of Joining Forces
- Paid tribute to multiple aspects of the lives and experiences of veterans and military families through an eclectic series of events
- Connected Patriot Plaza's artists to national dignitaries and photojournalists whose work is featured in the art at Patriot Plaza
- Connected military leaders with leaders from veterans service organizations, creating opportunities to share these services with active duty personnel and inspire similar programs within the military
In addition, journalist Soledad O'Brien introduced her documentary "The War Comes Home," a powerful look at how post-traumatic stress impacts veterans returning from conflicts abroad