Sarasota News Leader

05/23/2014

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City and County of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day, the offices have announced. Solid waste, yard waste and recycling collec- tions will be handled as usual, according to city and county news releases. Additionally, the City of Sarasota, in conjunc- tion with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Sarasota starting at 10 a.m. The theme is Legacy of Heroes. The parade will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Osprey Avenue "and will continue Sarasota's longstanding history of honoring military personnel," a city news release adds. At its conclusion, a ceremony will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at the intersection of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue. The ceremony is expected to begin about 11 a.m. Brig. Gen. Frank Laudano, commandant of Sarasota Military Academy, will be the guest speaker, according to a county release. "The parade and ceremony [are] an oppor- tunity for the citizens of Sarasota County to honor not only veterans of the Armed Services but police officers, sheriff's deputies, firefight- ers and emergency medical personnel," said Patriotic Observance Committee President Dan Kunkel in the county release. Marching units will represent veterans' ser- vice organizations, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and their color guards, civic Units in the 2013 Memorial Day Parade make their way down Main Street in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY NEWS BRIEFS

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