Honoring Our Heritage

Our nation's national cemeteries are the final resting places for men and women who served our country with unmatched valor and dedication. Since the 1860s, these shrines to America’s heroes have offered places of peace and reflection for military families and visitors.

Today, we offer the same through Patriot Plaza, a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery that honors veterans, inspires patriotism and embraces freedom.

The Patterson Foundation fully funded the design and construction of Patriot Plaza and will donate it to our community and the National Cemetery Administration during a June 28 dedication fully underwritten by the foundation.

Patriot Plaza will be a space for our community to take pride in hosting veterans-related ceremonies and events for generations to come.

2014 Dedication

Get more information on the June 28th dedication of Patriot Plaza.

The History

Partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration since 2010, we learned we share an intertwined past. Discover the connection between the wealth of The Patterson Foundation and the early stages of the National Cemetery Administration.

Explore our intertwined histories (Click and drag to scroll)

VA Partnership

An Unprecedented Partnership

Several years into the partnership with the National Cemetery Administration, we continue to honor President Lincoln’s decree to care for those who have borne the battle…

This is the first time a private foundation is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work on an enhancement of this complexity at a national cemetery.

We intend to share this partnership model with communities near the 131 national cemeteries that may be interested in exploring how their communities can work together and partner.

Our Team

Patriot Plaza may be bricks and mortar, but ingrained in every inch of the space is the expertise, thoughtfulness and heart-felt spirit of each person we are proud to call a part of the Patriot Plaza team.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, along with The Patterson Foundation, its volunteer construction and art advisory groups, and paid architecture, design, art and legal professionals poured over countless hours of details, concepts and the like to ensure Patriot Plaza’s excellence.


In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration, The Patterson Foundation is funding the design and construction of a ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery.

The Patterson Foundation will donate Patriot Plaza, to the National Cemetery Administration during a dedication planned for 2014. The Patterson Foundation is fully endowing the replacement maintenance of Patriot Plaza to ensure its excellence in perpetuity.

Explore the features of Patriot Plaza with our interactive rendering.


Patriot Plaza Dedication

The community dedication of Patriot Plaza will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The dedication will be open to the public, celebrating Southwest Florida's commitment to honoring veterans and their families. More details to come.

Legacy of Valor Events

Legacy of Valor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom. A mosaic of community-driven partnerships will educate, build enthusiasm and focus the community to use time, talent and treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families.

Visit the Legacy of Valor website for details on the campaign and its events.


Art Installations

The art installations at Patriot Plaza are some of the space’s most inspiring and touching features. With a goal to preserve memory through art, the installations will honor men and women who serve and their families while communicating their stories to future generations.

As a private charitable entity, The Patterson Foundation enlisted the expertise of Ann Wykell, an art consultant, and a volunteer art advisory group of local and regional experts to carry out a call for artists that met national standards and attracted both local and national responses. The process also included private invitations to artists with acclaimed work in specified areas. In addition, local resources – such as a Sarasota foundry – will be used in fabrication and installation of the art.

For complete information, download the Patriot Plaza Art Media Kit.

The Patriot Plaza Art Installations

Service, Support, Sacrifice

Larry Kirkland, Lead Artist
North Pedestrian Path
Cherokee White Marble (Tate, GA); General granite (Elburton, GA); Specialty engraving – Elite Granite and Marble (Hillboro, OR); Digitally printed glass – General Glass, Inc (Secaucus, NJ); Specialty lamination and polishing – Savoy Glass (Portland, OR); Photographs mounted on marble and porcelain enamel on steel panels fabricated by Winsor Fireform (Tumwater, WA)

Service, Support, Sacrifice focuses on the personal experiences of being in service and being in a military family. The space features 16 Georgia white marble tablets measuring 8'6" tall by 4' wide and 8" deep.

Learn More about this artwork and get artist insight.

Witness to Mission

Kenny Irby, Photojournalism Consultant and Curator
Larry Kirkland, Co-curator and Installation Design
North Pedestrian Path
Cherokee White Marble (Tate, GA); Porcelain enamel panels fabricated by Winsor Fireform (Tumwater, WA)

Witness To Mission is a single work of art composed of multiple narratives told through the medium of photojournalism. It portrays the narrative of the history of the U.S. Military since the Civil War through the experiences of the men and women who made that history. These photos capture 49 moments – real time, real people and real situations.

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Ann Hirsch, Sculptor
East Entrance Wall
Cast bronze

The east entrance to Patriot Plaza is a transitional space between the cemetery at large and the side of the ceremonial amphitheater dedicated to themes of family and community that honor military service.

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Sentinel Eagles

Pablo Eduardo, Sculptor
West Entrance Wall
Cast bronze fabricated by Bronzeart Foundry (Sarasota, FL)

The Sentinel Eagles are designed for the entrance to Patriot Plaza and will help create a beautiful, majestic entrance that is both imposing and intimate.

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Night to Day Mosaic

Night to Day, Here and Away

Ellen Driscoll, Lead Artist
Rostrum and South Walkways
Hand cut glass and ceramic mosaic fabricated by Mosaika (Montreal); light-weight concrete fabricated by Red Linen Design (Sarasota, FL)

The stage is a focal point for Patriot Plaza. The 50’ x 3’ mosaic on the front of the stage depicts an imaginary landscape of Earth, Air, and Water in which all five branches of the military carry out their work around the world.

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Globe Inset

Star Map

Centered between seating and rostrum at ground level
Kashmir Gold and Tropical Green granite, fabricated by Creative Edge (Fairfield, IA)

This 19th century star projection map of the world will be installed at ground level in front of the rostrum. It will feature a background of light colored granite and a dark green polished granite for land borders.

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