The Patterson Foundation & National Cemetery Administration Break Ground on Sarasota National Cemetery Enhancement

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A multi-million-dollar ceremonial amphitheater for Sarasota National Cemetery will be donated to the National Cemetery Administration by The Patterson Foundation.

Patriot Plaza

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery

The name Patriot Plaza reflects the courage, dedication and values of those who served in our nation’s armed forces.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration and The Patterson Foundation broke ground today on Patriot Plaza, a ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. The project, which is estimated to cost $8 million, is fully funded by The Patterson Foundation and represents the first time a private philanthropic entity has partnered with the National Cemetery Administration on a ceremonial enhancement of this scope to a national cemetery.

Patriot Plaza will feature a combination of shade, seats and commissioned art that will honor veterans, inspire patriotism in the community and embrace freedom.

“The name Patriot Plaza reflects the courage, dedication and values of those who served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Debra Jacobs, President and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The plaza is intended to honor the service of veterans and our partnership with the National Cemetery Administration will serve as a model for other communities with national cemeteries.”

To best honor the service of veterans through the amphitheater, The Patterson Foundation enlisted a team of experts, led by The Patterson Foundation Initiative Consultant Sandra Beckley, to collaborate and provide input on the evolution of the design and construction of the plaza.

The Patterson Foundation Construction Team:

  • Art Bryant, Development Logistics Group – Owners Representative
  • Gary Hoyt, Hoyt Architects – Design Architect
  • Ann Wykell, Social Sector Solutions – Art Consultant
  • David E. Sessions, Willis A. Smith Construction – Construction Manager

Volunteer Advisors:

  • Construction Advisory Group of experts
  • Art Advisory Group of art experts

The Patterson Foundation will endow the replacement maintenance of the plaza. Construction of Patriot Plaza is scheduled for completion with a dedication planned for spring 2014. In the months leading up to the dedication, The Patterson Foundation is working with community entities to develop partnerships that showcase a Legacy of Valor.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation believes that through communications, technology, and financial innovations, improvements may be achieved that transcend any single issue, entity, or geographic area. The Foundation provides resources to facilitate, expedite, and share methods, techniques, and tools, joining with others in creating new realities. For more information, please visit

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