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From children to World War II veterans, active- duty military personnel to representatives of the U.S. Government, about 2,800 people gathered on Saturday, June 28, to see Patriot Plaza unveiled at Sarasota National Cemetery. The new amphitheater was officially opened to the public in an event that paid "tribute to the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families," a Patterson Foundation news release pointed out. The $12 million venue was designed, con- structed and fully funded by The Patterson Foundation, the release says. The hour-long ceremony featured patriotic performances by the Venice Concert Band and the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band, along with a memorial motorcycle ride-by and poetry recitals. "This event was four years in the making," said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Venice Concert Band members are assembled for their performance. All photos by Norman Schimmel FOR ALL VETERANS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER FOR THE DEDICATION OF PATRIOT PLAZA AT SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY Staff Reports ALL THE REST ...

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