- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - This year, 10,000 wreaths will be needed to decorate each of the final resting places for veterans at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

The Bradenton Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1vwrtes) that the cemetery opened in January 2009 and averages about 10 funeral services a day. Last year, 6,300 holiday wreaths were placed on grave sites.

Among the notable veterans at rest there is the late NFL player Rick Casares, who served in the Army. Tampa’s Casares died last year. He was a star fullback at the University of Florida and played 12 years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

Sarasota Military Academy students and local veterans will place the wreaths on Dec. 13.

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