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City hosts Memorial Day parade Monday, May 27

Post Date:05/21/2019 9:54 AM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, in downtown Sarasota.   

The parade will start at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and conclude at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, located at Main Street and Gulf Stream Avenue, where a ceremony will be held at Memorial Day Paradeapproximately 11 a.m.  The public is encouraged to attend.

The theme for this Memorial Day is “In Memory of Many, in Honor of All:  Honoring Glenn Miller”.  Glenn Miller was a renowned musician and band leader who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was assigned to lead the U.S. Army Air Force Band.  He disappeared on a flight from England to Paris.  Neither the airplane nor Miller’s remains have been recovered. 

Dr. Dennis Spragg, author of “Glenn Miller:  Declassified” will be the keynote speaker.  Published in 2018, the book focuses on Miller’s lost flight and the impact of Miller’s music on the Greatest Generation. 

Prior to the start of the ceremony, the Sarasota Jazz Band will play Glenn Miller inspired music from the World War II era.

The parade will include marching bands, color guards from the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and Sarasota County Fire Department; Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of the USA; and many veterans groups, community organizations and local dignitaries.

For more information and to participate in the parade please contact Dan Kennedy, Patriotic Observance Committee Chairman: 941-812-5406.


 About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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