Memorial Day Ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery
Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, plans a Memorial Day observance at 3 p.m. Sunday. Lee Washington, Manatee County veteran services officer who is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will be keynote speaker.
Lyrics from the song "Amazing Grace" represent the spirit of Manatee-Sarasota in remembering those resting in the Sarasota National Cemetery, Washington said.
"It just touches me," Washington said. Lyrics like "Grace will lead us home."
Washington was selected as speaker by the Cemetery Advisory Committee.
"The pristine grounds of the cemetery make it a national shrine that perpetuates the legacy of those who gave some as well as those who gave all in defense of our freedoms," said retired Lt. Col. Lee Kitchen, Cemetery Advisory Committee chairman. "These veterans have left us a legacy of selfless service. Whether they died in battle or after living a long and fulfilling life after their military service, they epitomized duty, honor and country."
The Sarasota Military Academy and the Trinity Christian Fellowship Center Choir will perform a medley of patriotic music.