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8,230 Wreaths Sponsored
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Parking Passes will be required to attend this year's Mission which is in specified timeframes. Please review the information below prior to visiting the website, selecting your timeframe and registering for a parking pass:

This is for a Family First Parking Pass enabling ONE Passenger Vehicle for you and your family direct access and parking on Sarasota National Cemetery’s grounds. Parking Passes are issued one Parking Pass per Family. No Exceptions.

Parking Pass Registrations are Mandatory for entry into Sarasota National Cemetery. They cannot be duplicated.

Since 2019, our parking capacity at the cemetery has been reduced from 2,500 spaces to only 700 available parking spaces. We ask all of you to be considerate of other Family Members of the 29,500 Veterans, Spouses and Dependents interred at Sarasota who wish to participate in laying their loved one’s wreath and be present for our Ceremony. Please do not register multiple members of your family for a Parking Pass as you will be denying another family access. Duplicate registrations will be rejected.

Off-Site Parking and Ride Share Location - Offsite Parking is located two miles west of Sarasota National Cemetery at Suncoast Community Church and Charter School. 8000 Hawkins Road, Sarasota FL 34241. We thank Suncoast for their gracious generosity in accommodating parking for our families and attendees. We are encouraging all families to meet at this location, then carpool /ride-share. Designated Drivers for attendee drop off is also encouraged. Attendee drop off point will be via Main Entrance only (Administration/Information Building) of Cemetery. Designated Drivers/Uber/Lyft will be permitted to enter, drop off attendees, then depart and return to Suncoast Community lot and await pickup notification by attendees.

Handicapped Accessibility with Placards/Plates – there are limited spots for Handicapped Parking. Anyone wishing to park in the Handicapped Area must have a Valid Placard or License Plate. Handicapped Accessible will be granted on First Come Basis. Enter at Main (West) Entrance. A Parking Pass is required.

Motorcycle Parking – Motorcycles will be permitted to park ONLY at Committal Shelter B. No parking pass required.

Exclusions of Buses/Oversized Vans/Mini Buses – Buses and all oversized vehicles will be permitted to drop off attendees at Main Entrance where directed by Traffic Attendants, then immediately return to Suncoast for parking.

Event Note: Thank you for your support of the Wreaths Across America Mission. “Family First” Time has become Priority One at Sarasota National Cemetery as well as throughout the country. Last year alone, we had over 3,500 Family First Members attend and lay their loved one’s wreath. This tradition will remain at Sarasota National Cemetery for years to come, as will the now-required Parking Pass. We thank you for your patience and understanding as our cemetery grows and we evolve, develop and fine-tune this Annual Mission to Remember…Honor…Teach.

We wish to thank the National Cemetery Administration and Sarasota National Cemetery for once again allowing Wreaths Across America to host our mission. Please remember that we are guests at Sarasota National Cemetery and that all attendees must comply with, and conform to, the Cemetery Grounds Policies, Regulations and Restrictions. These Policies can be reviewed at https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/sarasota.asp

National Event Note: This year, over 3,400 Cemeteries Nationwide, at sea and abroad will participate in 2022 National Wreaths Across America Day, laying over 2.1 million Veterans Remembrance Wreaths. This Mission has become a Family tradition for so many families. We thank you for making it a part of yours.

Register for your parking pass by selecting the website below.

www.sarasotawreaths.com

WAA Registered Sponsorship Groups and Corporate Sponsors - Registration will be available December 3rd

Local and Corporate Sponsors - Registration will be available December 3rd

General Volunteers - Registration will be available December 4th 

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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL (FLSNCS)
FL
34241
Click here for the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL Page

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19,200
16,506

December 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

Meshia Richardson, Denise Decker

Directions to Cemetery

I 75 to Exit #205 (Clark Road/State Rd 72). East on SR 72 4.7 miles to the 2nd (furthest East) Cemetery Entrance.  You will need your PARKING PASS at check in.

Follow Local Law Enforcement, VA Police and Mission Staff instructions for entering and exiting the cemetery.  ALL TRAFFIC is ONE WAY FLOW.  

Parking Instructions

There is limited parking available on cemetery grounds. Parking Passes will be a mandatory requirement this year and in future years.

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

Parking Passes will be required to attend for this year's Mission which is in specified timeframes. Please review the information below prior to visiting the website, selecting your timeframe and registering for a parking pass:

This is a Family First Parking Pass enabling ONE Passenger Vehicle for you and your family direct access and parking on Sarasota National Cemetery’s grounds. Parking Passes are issued one Parking Pass per Family. No Exceptions.

Parking Pass Registrations are Mandatory for entry into Sarasota National Cemetery. They cannot be duplicated.

Since 2019, our parking capacity at the cemetery has been reduced from 2,500 spaces to only 700 available parking spaces. We ask all of you to be considerate of other Family Members of the 29,500 Veterans, Spouses and Dependents interred at Sarasota who wish to participate in laying their loved one’s wreath and be present for our Ceremony. Please do not register multiple members of your family for a Parking Pass as you will be denying another family access. Duplicate registrations will be rejected.

Off-Site Parking and Ride Share Location - Offsite Parking is located two miles west of Sarasota National Cemetery at Suncoast Community Church and Charter School. 8000 Hawkins Road, Sarasota FL 34241. We thank Suncoast for their gracious generosity in accommodating parking for our families and attendees. We are encouraging all families to meet at this location, then carpool /ride-share. Designated Drivers for attendee drop off is also encouraged. Attendee drop off point will be via Main Entrance only (Administration/Information Building) of Cemetery. Designated Drivers/Uber/Lyft will be permitted to enter, drop off attendees, then depart and return to Suncoast Community lot and await pickup notification by attendees.

Handicapped Accessibility with Placards/Plates – there are limited spots for Handicapped Parking. Anyone wishing to park in the Handicapped Area must have a Valid Placard or License Plate. Handicapped Accessible will be granted on First Come Basis. Enter at Main (West) Entrance. A Parking Pass is required.

Motorcycle Parking – Motorcycles will be permitted to park ONLY at Committal Shelter B. No parking pass required.

Exclusions of Buses/Oversized Vans/Mini Buses – Buses and all oversized vehicles will be permitted to drop off attendees at Main Entrance where directed by Traffic Attendants, then immediately return to Suncoast for parking.

Event Note: 

Thank you for your support of the Wreaths Across America Mission. “Family First” Time has become Priority One at Sarasota National Cemetery as well as throughout the country. Last year alone, we had over 3,500 Family First Members attend and lay their loved one’s wreath. This tradition will remain at Sarasota National Cemetery for years to come, as will the now-required Parking Pass. We thank you for your patience and understanding as our cemetery grows and we evolve, develop and fine-tune this Annual Mission to Remember…Honor…Teach.

We wish to thank the National Cemetery Administration and Sarasota National Cemetery for once again allowing Wreaths Across America to host our mission. Please remember that we are guests at Sarasota National Cemetery and that all attendees must comply with, and conform to, the Cemetery Grounds Policies, Regulations and Restrictions. These Policies can be reviewed at https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/sarasota.asp

National Event Note: This year, over 3,400 Cemeteries Nationwide, at sea and abroad will participate in 2022 National Wreaths Across America Day, laying over 2.1 million Veterans Remembrance Wreaths. This Mission has become a Family tradition for so many families. We thank you for making it a part of yours.

Register for your parking pass by selecting the website below.

www.sarasotawreaths.com


WAA Registered Sponsorship Groups and Corporate Sponsors - Registration will be available December 3rd

Local and Corporate Sponsors - Registration will be available December 3rd

General Volunteers - Registration will be available December 4th 



 


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On behalf of the Families of over 28,000 Veterans lying at rest at Sarasota National Cemetery, we wish to thank you for supporting our Mission to Remember our Fallen and Honor our Active Duty Military and Veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day.  The 2022 Theme is "Find a Way To Serve". We encourage YOU to Find a Way To Serve by sponsoring a Veterans Wreath today.  Thank you for your support!...

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9124 Brenneman's WAA Page

Welcome to my personal fundraising page for Wreaths Across America. I am working hard to support Family and Friends of Sarasota National Cemetery Inc and Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL in our joint effort to fulfill WAA's mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Please click "View" to learn more about me and my effort and to help me cover as many graves on Wreaths Across America day, December 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM....