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Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Honoring veterans who sacrificed everything in the defense of the many freedoms we cherish today, the Diocese of Venice will be hosting the Eighth Annual Veterans Day Catholic Memorial Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Celebrated the priests of the Diocese, the Mass will honor the veterans, including more than 12,000 who are buried in the National Cemetery, while serving as an important reflection of who we are as Catholics.

The Mass is in honor of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, many of whom are buried nearby. Prayers will be said for the families they may have left behind, for those who served and returned, and for those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces today.

The service begins at 2:45 p.m. with opening ceremony, with patriotic music, hymns, and the Presenting and Posting of the Colors. The Mass will immediately follow.

Following the Mass, the priests, escorted by the Knight of Columbus Color Corps, will proceed to the nearby graves where they will stand in silent prayer. This will be accompanied by the playing of “Taps.”

All are welcome to attend the Mass. Active military personnel are asked to wear their uniforms for the occasion. Priests from across the Diocese of Venice are invited to concelebrate at the Mass. The Mass is being coordinated by the Diocese of Venice, with special assistance from the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.

Sarasota National Cemetery is located on State Road 72 (exit 205 at Clark Road), approximately five miles east of Interstate 75. A water station and restrooms will be in place for the ceremony. There will be ample parking, with handicapped parking and golf carts available to shuttle those who need extra assistance. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

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