Monday, September 11, 2023 at 8:30 AM
Patriot Plaza/Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Matt Bruce, retired fire-rescue captain.
Braden River Brass: Julie Waters, Jim Hill, Jim Bertand, Dan Dodds and James Damoulakis
Wreath Placement Ceremony
Welcome Remarks: Carlos Moreira, Director, Campus Engagement for Veteran Success and Alumni Affairs, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus
Color Guard: Sarasota Police Department (Detective Jessica Sullivan, Detective Megan Buck, Detective Ross Revill, Officer Larry McQueen and Detective Amelia Wicinski) led by Bagpiper Officer Seth Kenny Venice Police Department
National Anthem: Soprano singer Daniella Mass, America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist
Remarks: Richard Sellwood, Chief Operating Officer, USF Federal Credit Union
Special Guest: Matt Bruce
Remarks: Karen A. Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus
“God Bless America”: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, Bradenton
“Amazing Grace” Bagpiper Ross Allen, USF Alumnus
“Old Glory”: William "Bill" Sterbinsky, Esq. U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Flag Presentation to Kelly Bjelke in memory of David Bjelke
Thirty-second moment of silence, bell ringing
21-Gun Salute: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (Sergeant Dana Dawley, Deputy Carrie Luce, Deputy Jorge Escobar, Detective Dwight Mattis, Deputy Johnny Moreira and Detective Vincent Ovchar)
TAPS: U.S. Marine Corps, 4TH Assault Amphibian Battalion
“U.S. Military Medley”: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, Bradenton
Closing remarks: Carlos Moreira
Email Carlos Moreira, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions and to RSVP.
Hosted by the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and the Office of Veteran Success. This event is proudly sponsored by USF Federal Credit Union.