Veteran’s Day Message from John

At Anna Maria Oyster Bar, it’s really important to us to honor America’s veterans, and not only on special occasions like Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, but every day.

We do our best to express our gratitude for those who served and sacrificed so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do in this great nation. There’s a beautiful tribute video linked below that a guest emailed me this video the other day and I’m honored to share it with you all. Please take a moment to enjoy.

There are a few special things happening in our four locations this weekend that we would like to let you know about. For instance, on Saturday, November 11, all US Military veterans may enjoy 50% off their meal all day long. This is just our way of saying THANK YOU! A special thank you also goes out to our friends Maverick & Lulu for inviting me on 92.1CTQ this morning to share our Veteran’s Day message.

Keep reading to learn more…

soldier video tribute

Wreaths Across America

Anna Maria Oyster Bar is supporting Denis V. Cooper – Wishes for Heroes Foundation (a 12 Cheers for 20 Years participating charity) in its Wreaths for America mission.

There are thousands of veterans at Sarasota National Cemetary who no longer have family or friends to remember them, and the Wreaths Across America ceremony day might be the only time his or her grave site is visited all year.

It’s really a sight to behold when the wreaths are laid upon the beautiful white tombstones…. truly awe-inspriring.

This year’s goal is 12,600 wreaths, and it will take a tremendous amount of community support to achieve that goal. Wreaths are $15 each, or 3 for $30, and by sponsoring a Wreaths Across America remembrance wreath you are demonstrating your thankfulness for our nation’s armed services and its veterans.

Today and tomorrow, you can sponsor a wreath right from your seat at any AMOB and we’ll add the amount directly to your check. The first 50 guests at each location who sponsor a wreath will also receive a special commemorative poppy pin from the British Legion.

We hope that you will sponsor a wreath (or 3) and also attend the Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Saturday, December 16 at 9:30am at Sarasota National Cemetery.

If you can’t make it by the Oyster Bars this weekend, you can still sponsor a wreath by clicking the button below.

Sponsor a Wreath Online Now!

Happy 242nd Birthday, US Marine Corps!

Honoring the US Marine Corps birthday by flying the flags high at the Pier today.

It’s a beautiful day in the USA!

Recently we were made aware of a special military tradition called the Fallen Soldier Table, often honoring POW/MIA service men and women.

This year we’re creating a special Fallen Soldier Table display in each of our restaurants for you to see. It’s a very impactful way to remember that unfortunately not all veterans make it home.

You’ll have to stop by the AMOB nearest you to see it in person, but until then, here’s a short description of each of the elements on the table.

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THE TABLE is smaller than others symbolizing the frailty of one soldier alone against the enemy.

THE WHITE LINEN draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.

THE EMPTY CHAIR depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.

THE ROUND TABLE shows that our concern for them is neverending.

THE BIBLE represents faith in a higher power and our country, founded as one nation under God.

THE BLACK NAPKIN stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.

THE ROSE & RED RIBBON reminds us of their families and loved ones and the love of country, which inspired them to answer our nation’s call.

THE LIT CANDLE is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts.

THE LEMON on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.

THE SALT upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families.

THE INVERTED WINE GLASS reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot share a drink with us.


THNX for reading this, and a very Happy Veteran’s Day to you all…

Here are some fun “Declassified Military Secrets” for you to enjoy!

A lot of life’s problems can be explained by the applications of the common sense from these recently declassified Military Secrets.

“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

“Five second grenade fuses last about three seconds.” – Infantry Journal

“Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.” – Naval Ops Manual

“Anything you do can get you shot, including doing nothing” – Ranger Manual

“Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground.” – US Air Force

“If you hear me yell; “Eject, Eject, Eject!”, the last two will be echos. If you stop to ask “Why?”, you’ll be talking to yourself, because by then you’ll be the pilot.‘ -Pre-flight briefing from an F-15 Pilot

A Purple Heart just proves that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive.’

“You don’t win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making the other son-of-a-bitch die for his.” – Gen George S. Patton

‘You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.’ – Lead-in Fighter Training Manual

Tower receives a call from a crew asking, “What time is it please?” Tower responded, “Who is calling?” The crew replies, “What difference does it make?” Tower replies, “it makes a lot of difference. If it is an American Airlines flight, it is 3 o’clock. If it is an Air Force plane, it is 1500 hours. If it is a Navy aircraft, it is 6 bells. If it is an Army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 3. If it is a Marine Corps aircraft, it’s Friday afternoon and 120 minutes to “Happy Hour!

………..Veteran Elvis has left the building


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