Celebrate Service Sacrifice
Celebrate Service Sacrifice
Celebrate Service Sacrifice

Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

Patriot Plaza and the story behind The Patterson Foundation's unique public-private partnership with the National Cemetery Administration was shared with the nation during a celebration — at Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza in Florida on November 15, 2014 — featuring performances by the West Point Band and contributions from the following dignitaries:

  • Keynote Address from U.S. Army combat veteran Wes Moore
  • Speeches from Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Chu and Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters
  • Performances by the West Point Band
  • Maj. Gen. John Rossi, commanding general of Fort Sill in Oklahoma, administered the Oath of Enlistment to a group of 27 aspiring service members from throughout the region
  • Forever Miss Americas served as masters of ceremonies:
    • Ericka Dunlap — Miss America 2004
    • Heather French Henry — Miss America 2000
    • Nicole Johnson  — Miss America 1999
    • Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson — Miss America 1988
    • Sharlene Wells Hawkes — Miss America 1985

In the News

“Combat Vet to Commemorate Patriot Plaza” (WUSF)

“Veteran Took His Shots With Camera” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

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