City Hosting Memorial Day Parade | Monday, May 29
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 29, 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 Gulfstream Avenue, where a ceremony will be held at approximately 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend.
The theme for the 2023 ceremony is “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.” The keynote speaker will be Capt. Richard “Dick” Petrucci, U.S. Navy, retired.
Petrucci graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961 and served as a naval aviator until 1989. He has since held multiple positions in the armed services and the private sector. He also taught for three years at Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) as the first Math and Science Department Head and helped to establish SMA as the first military charter high school in the nation. He currently provides mentoring and guidance for students who apply for the Naval Academy.
The parade will include performances by the SMA band and participation from local law enforcement agencies, first responders, color guards, veterans’ groups, community organizations and local dignitaries.