Our nation's national cemeteries are the final resting places for men and women who served our country with unmatched valor. Patriot Plaza is a ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida, features commissioned art that honors veterans, inspires patriotism, and embraces freedom. The space is a place of peace and reflection and exists for our community to honor veterans through ceremonies and events for generations to come. Patriot Plaza was dedicated and donated to the National Cemetery Administration on June 28th, 2014, in front of more than 3,000 community members and dignitaries.
Patriot Plaza provides a place to conduct ceremonies honoring veterans and their families. The amphitheater includes an 80-foot-tall stainless steel flagpole, a rostrum that is large enough to accommodate a 55-piece orchestra, and a covered seating area for up to 2,800 people.
Patriot Plaza is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. Weekly tours of Patriot Plaza take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. except for federal holidays. Participants should meet at the east entrance of Patriot Plaza near the bronze sculpture “Home,“ which depicts nesting eagles.
In addition, Sarasota County school children have the opportunity to visit Patriot Plaza as part of EdExplorations listed on EdExploreSRQ.com. The Patterson Foundation funds transportation to Patriot Plaza for schools in Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
Patriot Plaza Sarasota National Cemetery