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SARASOTA COUNTY, UPDATED Nov. 8, 2017 – Students and staff at Sarasota County schools will honor military veterans and active members of the armed forces with special activities and projects the week of Veterans Day. Several veterans have been invited to schools to participate in many of the events. High school bands, color guards and other school groups will participate in various community ceremonies on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Selected events are as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 7:

8:45 a.m.: Phillippi Shores Elementary, outside courtyard. Students will march in procession and the flag will be raised, followed by the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. The PYP Sticks and the Phillippi Chorus will perform. The guest speaker will be veteran Lt. Col. Tony Mediavilla, US Marines (Ret.). Other veterans will be acknowledged, students will recite speeches and poems, and the school chorus will sing patriotic songs. 4747 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 

Wednesday, Nov. 8:  

9 a.m.: Glenallen Elementary kindergarten students performed a Veterans Day program to honor Veterans near and dear to their hearts. Each kindergartener was asked to personally invite a veteran. Veterans were welcomed with a breakfast reception, followed by a performance to honor those who served. 7050 Glenallen Blvd., North Port    

10-11 a.m.: Invited veterans will speak to students at Suncoast Polytechnical High School and answer questions about military service.

7 p.m.: The Sarasota High School Singing Sailors along with guest choirs from Brookside Middle and McIntosh Middle will present their Annual Veterans Salute Concert in the SHS auditorium. A Salute to the Armed Forces will recognize the five branches of the U.S. military. The concert is free and open to the public. (See also 7 p.m. Thursday.) 2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota.

Thursday, Nov. 9:

8:45 a.m.: Fruitville Elementary School will honor veterans at a special event, “Courage and Coffee.”After a short performance from some of our students, we will be serving coffee and refreshments to show our appreciation for your dedication to fight for our freedom. 601 Honore Ave., Sarasota

9:15-10:30 a.m.: Lamarque Elementary will hold its11th Annual Veterans Day Celebration in the physical education area. The schoolwide event will include performances by the Lamarque Elementary Chorus, Lamarque Drama Company and the Woodland Middle School Wind Ensemble. All community members are welcome to attend. Invited guests include Lamarque family veterans and active duty military. 3415 Lamarque Ave., North Port. The school will broadcast a virtual “Wall of Heroes” throughout the day, with photos and mementoes representing Lamarque family veterans and those who are currently serving. Third-grade students will set a table in white colors to honor fallen, captured and missing troops. Passages from Margot Thies Raven’s book, “America’s White Table,” will be read as students perform the ceremony of preparing a place-setting, providing an emotional connection to the reason America honors veterans each year. 3415 Lamarque Ave., North Port

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bay Haven School of Basics Plus will host a Veteran’s Day program in the cafeteria. The chorus will sing the “Armed Forces Medley” and “Thank You to Our Veterans.” Speakers will include a Vietnam Veteran speaker and members of the Student Leadership Team. All veterans and community members as invited to join students and staff in this celebration. 2901 W. Tamiami Circle, Sarasota

9:30-10:30 a.m.: McIntosh Middle School salutes veterans in the gym. The program includes Riverview High bagpipers, Sarasota High JROTC color guard and first responders. Veterans and active military are encouraged to attend. 701 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota

7 p.m.: The Sarasota High School Singing Sailors along with guest choirs from Brookside Middle and Sarasota Middle will present their Annual Veterans Salute Concert in the SHS auditorium. A Salute to the Armed Forces will recognize the five branches of the U.S. military. The Sarasota Middle School “Joyful Voices” Choir will sing songs honoring servicemen and women, past and present. The concert will culminate with all three schools, over 300 student voices, singing together. This festive celebration of American heroes is free to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited and often results in standing room only. The concert is free and open to the public. 2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota 

Friday, Nov. 10

7:45 a.m.: Venice Elementary School will host veterans and first responders from students’ families with a breakfast and special flag ceremony. All students will participate in the celebration in the school’s courtyard, which will include a short music program, flag-raising and readings. 

8:30 and 9:30 a.m.: Cranberry Elementary School will hold its annual “A Veterans Day Musical Salute” in the cafeteria. Veterans and current service members will participate in this celebration. Third-grade students will sing patriotic songs and all visiting veterans will be recognized during the assembly. 2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port

8:30 a.m.: Lakeview Elementary will hold its 2nd annual Veterans Day Celebration. The celebration will include breakfast honoring veterans in the media center where Lakeview’s fourth and fifth-grade Student Council Representatives will have a chance to meet and interview veteran guests. After a short parade around the media center building, the ceremony will begin in the cafeteria at 9:15 a.m. with a flag presentation by local Cub Scouts and Boy Scout. Anthony P. Gallo, retired U.S. Army captain, will be the guest speaker. To honor the veterans who are guests, student council members will introduce each veteran on stage and speak about his or service history. Veterans will receive a certificate of appreciation. The event will include a patriotic musical performance by Lakeview’s After School Chorus Club. 7299 Proctor Road, Sarasota 

8:30-10:30 a.m.: Pine View School’s Elementary Student Council will host a Veteran’s Day celebration and parade. The event will start with a breakfast in the student union, followed by a parade and ceremony in the gym. Students will honor approximately 60 veterans for their service to our country. In addition to recognizing each veteran, students will chorally recite “Freedom’s Call.” Elementary Student Council representatives will also promote the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Food Drive at this time. The ceremony will be enhanced with patriotic music from the Pine View High School Band, String Quartet, and the Elementary Chorus. 1 Python Path, Osprey. 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Sarasota Suncoast Academy will honor veterans in the main auditorium.  Students in each grade will sing a patriotic song and will display artwork featuring American symbols. During the celebration, students will honor veterans with a salute to servicemen and women and an opportunity to recognize veterans in the audience. 8084 Hawkins Road, Sarasota

9 a.m.: Garden Elementary will honor and recognize veterans. The assembly will feature the Venice Middle School Young Marines, patriotic musical performances by Garden students, and student readings dedicated to veterans. “We would like to extend an invitation to the veterans of our community to join us for this event. Please feel free to wear your uniform to the program.” 700 Center Road, Venice

9 a.m.: Island Village Montessori Venice Campus will thank veterans for their service with coffee and donuts for refreshments. The students will perform through music, drama and poetry. 2001 Pinebrook Road, Venice

9 a.m.: Tatum Ridge Elementary will present a Veterans Day program. Students will wear red, white and blue. Veterans with a connection to the school are invited to attend. They will be recognized at the ceremony and will greet students as they leave the ceremony. The school’s music teacher has been working with students on several songs. Second-grade students will speak about each branch of the military and the history of Veterans Day. The school has organized a Veterans’ Wall of Fame with pictures and information about veterans from students’ families. 4100 Tatum Road, Sarasota

9:15 a.m.: Toledo Blade Elementary will hold a Veterans Day Patriotic Tribute. 1201 Geranium Ave., North Port

9:30-11 a.m.: Heron Creek Middle will salute veterans with a program that includes patriotic musical selections performed by the school’s orchestra and band, a welcome to veterans from Principal Kris Lawrence, presentation of the colors by the North Port High School JROTC, pledge of allegiance and national anthem, a speech by student and Junior Honor Society President Samantha Perseo, a special recognition of veterans, a performance of Taps and a moment of silence for departed veterans.   

9:45 a.m.: Brookside Middle School is holding its Veterans Day Salute in the cafetorium.  All veterans and their families are invited to join us for musical selections presented by the school’s band and chorus. As an International Baccalaureate World School, Brookside’s music and art students study the meaning of patriotism, the love of country. This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to explore how patriotism helps sustain a nation, how they can become patriotic and how music and art are tools to celebrate and honor a nation. 3636 South Shade Ave., Sarasota

2 p.m.: Wilkinson Elementary students will gather in the cafeteria to hear the chorus perform patriotic songs, celebrate the veterans in our community, hear speeches about Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery and hear from veterans in the community. The school also will have our Veteran’s Wall on display that students and staff created honoring the veterans in their families. 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota

5 p.m.: The Imagine School at North Port Young Marines will participate in an activity to celebrate the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. The parents of Young Marine students are providing a special cake commemorating the event. Master Gunnery Sergeant Russ Barber, a retired U.S. Marine Senior NCO, will serve as master of ceremonies. 2757 Sycamore St., North Port

Saturday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day

10 a.m.: The Venice Middle Young Marines and groups from other schools will march in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Sarasota. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. High school and middle school students from Sarasota Military Academy will also participate. In addition, each of the two campuses (SMA and SMA Prep) will hold a luncheon for veterans. 

11 a.m.: The Sarasota Academy of the Arts chorus will sing the National Anthem and other songs at the closing ceremony of the Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. at Selby Five Points Park. Sarasota Military Academy students will provide the honor guard and bagpipes for the ceremony.  



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