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Updated: 05/04/2014 03:00:02PM

New historical marker celebrates KMI

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PHOTO BY FRAN VALENCIC

The JROTC Color Guard from Venice High are (from left) Cadet Corporal James Mackey, Cadet Lance Corporal Nikko Soto, Cadet Corporal Connor Pippin and Cadet Corporal Jacob Crane.

PHOTO BY FRAN VALENCIC

Ruthmary Williams, chair of the Venice Historical Marker Committee, presents Betty Intagliatta, president of the Friends of the Sarasota County Historical Commission, with a certificate of appreciation.

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County Commissioner Charles Hines (left) points to a picture on the new KMI Historical Marker as KMI Alumni Ken Harper and Nikko Soto look on.

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KMI Alumni celebrated the new KMI Historical Marker that brought back fond memories for the group.

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(From left) Venice Councilmen David Sherman, Kit McKeon and Emilio Carlesimo and KMI Alumni Ken Harper get ready to sample the cake at the reception following the KMI historical plaque dedication.

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Russ Gutmann, chair of the Sarasota County Historical Commission, addresses the audience at the dedication of the KMI Historical Marker at Centennial Park in Venice.

By FRAN VALENCIC

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A new historical marker celebrating the Kentucky Military Institute was unveiled recently in Centennial Park across the street from the middle entrance to the KMI Building on Tampa Avenue.

The marker is in tribute to KMI, its cadets and their contribution to Venice. Centennial Park is where the cadets held their colorful Sunday afternoon dress parades. The plaque tells their story.

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