Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Heroes Saluted in Program at Patriots Park

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Heroes Saluted in Program at Patriots Park

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VETERANS DAY

VENICE -- Crisp blue skies and mild 73-degree weather framed Veterans Day and a special program hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 at Patriots Park.

More than 150 people, veterans and proud family members, showed up to say thanks and honor the sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

"We're here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication and to say thank you for their sacrifices," said retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Gordon Severan, the keynote speaker.

"A person can't help but feel awed by the enormity of what we encounter," he continued in reference to his audience. "We stand in the midst of patriots, and the families and friends of those who have nobly served. …

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