SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota Military Academy welcomed over 700 guests to its first ceremonial flag-raising and school-warming celebration on its brand-new SMA Prep Middle School campus on Saturday, August 2nd. SMA Prep is located at 3101 Bethel Lane in Sarasota, just three miles east of I-75 off Fruitville Road.
At the event, guests were introduced to Colonel Phillip Eddy, the inaugural Head of School for SMA Prep, and they witnessed his installation by the SMA board of directors.
The ceremonial first flag-raising was centered at the flag pole on the formation pavers in the center of the campus. The flag pole, a gift to the Academy from Mrs. Norman Siskel, is where the cadets will assemble each school morning to render honor to our country and its flag and to start the day together as a student body.
The audience was excited to see the school for the first time and to meet its new Head of School.