Sarasota History Alive 27th Edition

By | May 24, 2012

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Sarasota War Memorial

The Sarasota Bay Post of the American Legion built the memorial at the center of Five Points. Designed by area architect Clare C. Hosmer, the memorial incorporated a flagpole placed there in 1917 to honor the Sarasota men who had answered the call to war earlier that spring. The parade for the flagpole dedication began at the Woman’s Club (now Florida Studio Theater on Palm and Cocoanut), proceeded to Main Street, east along Main to the railroad tracks (Lemon Avenue) and back to the center of Five Points. Sarasota’s band led the parade and the Red Cross auxiliary carried the flag.

In the spring of 1954, the war memorial was moved down Main Street to the Bay Front Park because the State Road Department had declared it a traffic hazard. Fourth of July festivities at the park included a rededication of the memorial, a concert by the Booker High School band and a chicken dinner.

Click here to view a short video on the Sarasota War Memorial.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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