The Foundation organizes and sponsors events throughout the year.  Veteran Appreciation Day at Ed Smith Stadium, Veteran’s Day concerts at the Riverview Performing Arts Center and the Neel Performing Arts Center and special patriotic and educational events at Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery. The following is a sample of our past events.


    • Our chapter has been awarded recognition for our willingness to assist and support a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam War Veterans, their families, and those who served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces. Our objectives under the partnership with DoD are to:

      1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
      2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
      3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
      4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
      5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

      We are pleased to accept opportunities at local events to recognize our Vietnam War veterans. Each attendee will be awarded a DOD Vietnam War 50th Commemoration pin at the official ceremony.


      Our Chapter president, Rear Admiral Brian McCarthy, SC, USN(Ret) was the master of Ceremony for the event and General Hugh Shelton, USA(Ret) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [1997 - 2001] was the keynote speaker.

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    • Each year our Chapter partners with the Pops Orchestra to honor our veterans by arranging two concerts that have patriot themes. All veterans and their families receive discounted tickets. All profits from these concerts are donated to the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation. The Pops Orchestra recently presented a $5,000 award earmarked for veterans scholarships to the Foundation. The check was presented to Rear Admiral Brian McCarthy, Chapter President, and Clare Power, Chairman of the Chapter’s Scholarship Committee at the chapter’s Annual Military Gala early in December. The donation is earmarked for scholarships to support returning veterans needing financial assistance to attend our local colleges and technical schools. This was the second year that the two organizations partnered in presenting concerts — one at Riverview High School Performing Arts Center in Sarasota and the second at Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton — with the purpose of generating profits to fund the Veteran financial aid education program. The concerts, Neil Diamond’s Salute to America, and last year's John Denver's Coming Home delivered record attendance and rave reviews. Both organizations are planning next year’s concert series. The Pops Orchestra is committed to bringing music to all people, demonstrated by its low ticket prices and varied programming. Each concert is designed to entertain, invigorate and project the orchestra’s passion and enthusiasm for music.

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      November 10, 2019

      Riverview High School
      1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231

      November 11, 2019

      College of Florida
      Manatee-Sarasota 5840 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207
    • Every Veteran's Day our chapter puts together a Support Our Troops March Team with the able assistance of local JROTC cadets to join the parade and pass out ready to fill and send care package boxes for our front line warriors and, then, together with our partner,


      May 27. 2019

      Every Memorial Day our chapter puts together a Support Our Troops March Team with the able assistance of local JROTC cadets to join the parade and pass out ready to fill and send care package boxes for our front-line warriors in support of the Veterans, who continue to protect our freedom!! Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

      1. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,
      2. Originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
      3. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

      Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

      Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military


      November 11, 2019

      LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF VETERAN'S DAY - World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…

      "The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

      Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

      Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

      Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

      An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

      Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible." On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

      In 1958, the White House advised VA's General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee's chairman.

      The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968 and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

      Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

    • Vietnam War Commemoration

      March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am Sarasota National Cemetery Patriot Plaza

      President Donald Trump's 2017 Presidential Proclamation:“To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million heroes who served during this difficult chapter of our country's history are remembered for generations to come, I signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Throughout this Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and every March 29 thereafter, we will honor all those who answered our Nation's call to duty. We vow to never again confuse personal disapproval of war with prejudice against those who honorably wear the uniform of our Armed Forces. With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam veterans.”

      Across the nation, Americans continue uniting to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.Please join us for a special Vietnam War Commemoration at patriot Plaza. The Sarasota Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is hosting this event to honor Vietnam Veterans. Our guest speaker and master of ceremony will be Rear Admiral Brian McCarthy, SC, USN(Ret), a Vietnam veteran, Past President of our Chapter and Executive Director of the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation. Patriotic music will be sponsored by members of the Pops Orchestra, and our color guard,  the Alpha Company of the Vietnam Brotherhood. Commemorative Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin will be passed out at the conclusion of the ceremony to all that served served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin. 

      Celebrating The Stars & Stripes

      The next scheduled event after the Vietnam War Commemoration by the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation will be at Patriot Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, on President's Day February 17th, 2020. Mr. Vane Scott will once again present the "Many Faces of Old Glory" accompanied by The Pops Orchestra. Admission is FREE to the community. 0or last performance attracted over 2,000 people - demonstrating that we are a community of enthusiastic patriots.

      We need to raise $20,000 to put on this performance. We can use your help as either a corporate or an individual sponsor. Please contact Brian McCarthy, our Executive Director at


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    • Veteran Appreciation Day
      Ed Smith Stadium | Sarasota | Florida

      Each summer we bring together over 32 veteran organizations at Ed Smith Stadium and line the entryway of Ed Smith stadium for our veterans. FREE admission and discounted dogs and beer for a day at the ball park.

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