The Sarasota National Cemetery features a unique destination within it that shares stories of service and sacrifice. We have had national cemeteries since the 1860s as a place to recognize our heroes and offer them a final spot to rest. Patriot Plaza is unique in that it is a collaboration between a private organization, The Patterson Foundation, and the National Cemetery Administration. This amphitheater is nearly two acres and seats up to 2,800 people.
One 80-foot-tall flagpole flies Old Glory at half-mast each day that burials occur, which is nearly every day. The commissioned art at Patriot Plaza is unique and thought-provoking. The mural by artist Ellen Driscoll called "Night to Day, Here and Away” is a massive mosaic sharing locations of those in service and their colorful earned ribbons.
Take a walk or take a tour and view the photographs on display in “Witness to Mission” by Larry Kirkland and read the Testimonials of those who served.
Tours are held on Tuesday mornings at 10AM, except holidays.
Directions: Take I-75 to Exit 205 (Clark Road) and travel east four miles (toward Myakka River State Park), Sarasota National Cemetery is on the right. Tell the guard you’re going to visit Patriot Plaza.