|Maria Wirries at Patriot Plaza groundbreaking. (Herald photo by Jim Jones)|
Maria Wirries started turning heads in 2009, when she was only 11-years-old.
The Myakka City girl stood on a stage at Lakewood Ranch during the celebration of arts called "Ovation" and blew the doors off with her singing.
She's only gotten better with age.
Now all of 15, she sang the Star Spangled Banner and "God Bless the USA" today at the groundbreaking for Patriot Plaza, the covered amphitheater that will be built and gifted to Sarasota National Cemetery by the Patterson Foundation.
For more about Maria, read Richard Dymond's story.
For more about Patriot Plaza, see our story today.
|Maria Wirries at Sarasota National Cemetery (Herald photo by Jim Jones)|