Plans for Sarasota National Cemetery announced

Upgrades to cemetery coming

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Two visitors place flowers on a grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Hawaii, on Memorial Day in 1991.

SARASOTA, Fla. -  Plans for a $2 million art installation at a veterans cemetery in Sarasota will include hand-tiled spires, granite-embedded photos dating back to the Civil War, massive bronze eagles and a 50-foot landscape mosaic embroidered with military service ribbons.

The Herald Tribune reports that the design for the Sarasota National Cemetery will be released Friday.

The design includes Patriot Plaza, which is already under construction for $8 million and holds a 2,800-seat amphitheater. It's set for completion in 2014.

The Patterson Foundation gave a total of $10 million for the project to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration in hopes of making the cemetery the Arlington of the South.

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