9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

Monday, September 11, 2023 at 8:30 AM

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New Location:

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, cjmoreira@usf.edu, 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.


USF 9/11 remembrance event set for Sarasota National Cemetery

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