Sarasota schools will honor military veterans throughout this week and next week with special events planned in the area.
Several veterans have been invited to schools to participate in events. High school bands, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) color guards and other school groups will participate in parades and other community ceremonies on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.
Wednesday, Nov. 7:
10-11 a.m.: At Suncoast Polytechnical High School in Sarasota, 16 veterans will speak to small groups of students in grades nine and 10. They include decorated officers who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, including Seaman Jack Windt, who served in World War II with the Doolittle Raiders.
Friday, Nov. 9:
8:30 a.m.: At Bay Haven School of Basics Plus in Sarasota, students will sing and speak to veterans and other guests at the school’s outdoor covered area.
8:30 a.m.: At Pine View School in Osprey, Veterans Day Celebration events will start with a breakfast in the Student Union hosted by the Elementary Student Council, followed by a ceremony at 9:20 a.m. in the gymnasium. Student Council representatives will honor the veterans for their service and recite “Freedom’s Call.” U.S. Army Col. Norman MacLellan (ret.) will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will feature patriotic music from the Pine View High School Wind Ensemble and Elementary Chorus.
Students also are raising funds for a school-wide service project, “Pine View Salutes Our Veterans.” The project includes adopting two families of disabled veterans, providing backpacks with personal hygiene products to veterans and their families, and mailing letters of support to soldiers serving overseas.
8:30-9 a.m.: The Sarasota Middle School band and chorus will perform patriotic songs in the courtyard for students and faculty. Poems written by students will be read during the TV announcements.
9-10 a.m.: Gocio Elementary School in Sarasota will present a salute to servicemen and women, a performance by Gocio’s Song and Dance Kids, presentation of the colors and a patriotic salute to the U.S. armed forces.
9:30-10:30 a.m.: McIntosh Middle School in Sarasota will host its annual one-hour Salute to Veterans. Drum corps, drill teams and bagpipers from the Sarasota Military Academy will perform with a color guard and the McIntosh Middle School band and chorus. Winners of a student speech contest will read their essays. All veterans and current service members are welcome to attend. Veterans are asked to arrive by 9:15 a.m., park in the north parking lot and report to the gym.
Sunday, Nov. 11:
9 a.m.: Students and their families and the staff of the Sarasota Military Academy in Sarasota will honor a veteran at formation before marching in the Veterans Day parade downtown, west along Main Street and Osprey Avenue to Hamel Park on Gulfstream Avenue.
10 a.m.: Sarasota Military Academy students and JROTC students from Sarasota and Riverview high schools will march in the Veterans Day parade in downtown Sarasota.
Monday, Nov. 12:
7 p.m.: At Sarasota High School, the Singing Sailors Chorus will present a free Salute to Veterans Concert in the auditorium. Choirs from Booker, Brookside, McIntosh and Sarasota middle schools will join in the program, performing with the Singing Sailors on “Stars and Stripes,” “For Spacious Skies,” and “I am a Small Part of the World.” Each of the choirs also will perform separately.