The new Town Center will have an honorable debut.
The town has planned an observance for Veterans Day that will be hosted in the Karon Family Pavilion at the Town Center Green from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 11.
There will be multiple performances from local organizations including the Manatee High School ROTC Color Guard, a vocalist and accompaniment from the Longboat Island Chapel and the Sarasota Orchestra Quintet. The town will then recognize local veterans.
At the event, Mayor Ken Schneier will lead a ribbon-cutting for the Town Center. Susan Phillips, assistant to the town manager, said this event will help people understand the vision for the center and what to expect from it.
The Rotary Club of Longboat Key, which usually hosts a Veterans Day parade, will be partnering with the town by hosting a welcome tent where they help and guide guests during the event.
The town also partnered with the Longboat Key Foundation in a fundraising campaign for SRQ Vets. SRQ Vets is a veterans-led nonprofit organization with a focus on local veterans helping other local veterans. The total fundraising efforts will be presented to the nonprofit to finish off the observance.
To donate in the town’s SRQ Vets campaign, send a check to the Longboat Key Foundation, P.O. Box 8297, or visit LBKFoundation.org.