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Memorial Day Parade_Sarasota_2012

Tina Pinho shows her patriotic spirit during a Memorial Day parade on Main Street in downtown Sarasota on Monday, May 28, 2012. (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Elaine Litherland)

The Tribute to Heroes Parade starts rolling down Main Street in Lakewood Ranch at 6 pm. Sunday. Growing more popular each year, it will feature more than three dozen floats, bands, clubs and organizations in the procession. The Veteran’s Poppy reading will take place immediately following the parade, which is the “Tribute to Heroes,” followed by a white dove release. There will be a VIP Veterans viewing area set up near the walkway, past the fountain.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with speeches and acknowledgements from the stage. The street festivities will include face painting, balloon artists, music, grilled foods and beverages. American flags will be flowing proudly, along with many other sponsor and vendor booths with activities. Manasota Operation Troops Support (MOTS) is the charity for the event and attendees are asked to bring toiletry and non-perishable food items.

The Sarasota Memorial Day Parade starts rolling down Main Street at Osprey at 10 a.m. Monday. It's theme this year is "A Nation Forever Grateful." A ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m.

The Venice ceremony hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8118 will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Patriots Park at the northern junction of Business 41 and Bypass 41 in Venice. The guest speaker will be Randy Smith, who, as a 17-year-old Marine, pulled down the flag at the American Embassy in Saigon on April 29, 1975. He left on one of the last helicopters departing from Vietnam. Attendees to the events should bring their own chairs. Water will be provided

5-9 p.m. Sunday (May 27), Main Street, Lakewood Ranch; www.lwrcac.com
10 a.m.-Noon, Monday (May 27), Main Street, Sarasota; visitsarasota.org
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