Suncoast Veterans Day Occasions 2022: Parades, Ceremonies, Tenting, Golf


SARASOTA-BRADENTON, FL — If you’re looking to honor Veterans Day in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a variety of events are planned — from parades and breakfasts to masses and ceremonies.

State College of Florida presentations

The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota will host community events Thursday at 10 a.m. to recognize all branches of the military:

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  • SCF Bradenton, Library & Learning Center, 5840 26th Street W.
  • SCF Venice, Performance Pavilion, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail

Both events are free and open to the public.

The SCF Venice keynote speaker will host Mike Sabo, Venetian Veteran of Service with the American Legion, NO-VEL Post 159.

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The ceremony at SCF Bradenton will feature remarks from guest speakers representing various branches of the military.

The SCF will award tokens to veterans of SCF students who participate as appreciation for their service. Light refreshments will be served.

Parade of old soldiers and sailors

The City of Anna Maria hosts its annual Old Soldiers & Sailors Parade on Friday, beginning at 1 p.m

The parade route runs from City Hall to City Pier Park.

Sarasota Sailing Squadron Breakfastbranch

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron at 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy. in Sarasota hosts its annual Veterans Day Breakfast Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Veteran members are invited to join the squadron for breakfast. Donuts, juice, coffee and other treats are served in the clubhouse.

Office Services of the Manatee County Clerk

In recognition of Veterans Day, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller honors military veterans and active-duty personnel by providing free passport photos, notary services and photocopying throughout November.

Free copies include, but are not limited to, marriage certificates, deeds, and court records. This includes certified copies.

“Our team expresses our gratitude to those who have served our country to protect our liberties,” said Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk & Comptroller. “Thank you, veterans, for your service.”

Applicants must present valid identification, including a DD214 or military ID, for the waived fees.

For more information on accessing the free services, call 941-749-1800.

Manatee County Veterans Council Veterans Day Program

On Thursday at 11:00 am, the Manatee County Veterans Council will host its Veterans Day program at Veterans’ Monument Park adjacent to Manatee Memorial Hospital and the Bradenton Riverwalk.

This year’s guest speaker will be Anthony Hardie, a veterans advocate and national leader dedicated to the health of Gulf War veterans.

The appeal will be delivered by Edwin Robinson, Chairperson, and the Manatee County Proclamation will be read by Renee Medina, Manatee County Veterans Services Division Superintendent.

Some benches are available. Participants can also bring their own deck chair.

Veterans Day Concert

Venice High School students in the wind ensemble and symphony band will perform a variety of patriotic music together at a Veterans Day concert Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day Camping Weekend

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting Veterans Day Camping Weekend Friday through Sunday at Turtle Beach Campground, 8862 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota.

Special activities are planned throughout the weekend to honor veterans.

To sponsor a Veteran’s site or to make a site reservation, call 941-861-CAMP (2267).

Sarasota Veterans Day parade

The City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee will host their annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony Friday.

The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Osprey Avenue in downtown Sarasota and moves east-west on Main Street, ending at Gulfstream Avenue.

The celebrations conclude with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Chaplain JD Hamel Park at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street, in recognition of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the 1918 Armistice was signed that ended World War I .

This year’s motto for the parade is “Home of the Free for the Brave”.

Guest speaker at the ceremony is Dr. Thomas McElheny, a Sarasota businessman and chairman of the board of directors of the Sarasota Military Academy. He served in the US Marines for seven years.

A presentation on the Glenn Miller project will be given by Dr. James D’Angelo, Chairman of the International Midway Memorial Foundation.

The parade includes the color guards from the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and Sarasota County Fire Department; antique military vehicles; Students from Sarasota Military Academy, Booker, Riverview, Sarasota, and Venice High Schools, Sarasota Academy of the Arts, and the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble; North Port Young Marines; Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; and many other veterans groups, community organizations and local dignitaries.

For more information, contact Dan Kennedy, Chairman of the Patriotic Observance Committee, at 941-812-5406.

8th Annual Benjamin Poppa Memorial Golf Tournament

Heroes Welcome Home is hosting its annual Benjamin Poppa Memorial Golf Tournament on November 19 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at Tatum Ridge Golf Links, 421 Tatum Road, Sarasota.

General registration for one person is $125 and $500 for a quad.

All funds raised will be used for veteran housing.

Catholic Memorial Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery

The Sarasota National Cemetery at 9810 State Road 72 in Sarasota hosts the annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Mass on Friday at 3:00 p.m

About 600 people are expected to attend the event, where the Diocese of Venice will celebrate Mass in Patriot Plaza.

Manatee County’s Operation Green

Manatee County government buildings will be given green lights through Sunday as part of Operation Green Light, a new national community initiative launched by the National Association of Counties in support of those who have served in the military.

The initiative is also intended to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by veterans and the resources available to veterans and their families at the county, state and federal levels.

“Over a period of two decades since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s military volunteers and their families have made immense sacrifices for our safety,” said Renee Medina, executive director of Manatee County Veteran Services. “We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service is important, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our responsibility to ensure they are served by their county government and our community.”

Manatee County residents and businesses are encouraged to get involved by simply turning a lightbulb green. This can be an outside light that neighbors and passers-by can see, or an inside light that stimulates a conversation with friends.

By giving the green light, community members can let veterans know they are seen, valued, and supported. While this event focuses on Veterans Day week, attendees are encouraged to shine the light year-round. Local residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

Visit Manatee County Veteran Services for more information on obtaining Veteran Services Assistance and available resources.

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