Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood

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The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery covers 982 acres (397 ha) in Elwood, Illinois. It is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Chicago, Illinois. When fully completed, it will provide 400,000 burial spaces.

The cemetery was dedicated in 1999 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. It was the 117th national cemetery dedicated under the administration. The cemetery is on the grounds of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant site, which was formerly known as the Joliet Arsenal.

The cemetery is named after President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemetery system and who is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.

In 2015 the first American federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans was dedicated at the cemetery.
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  • Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is a memorable place to visit that many people are not aware of (so it seems, in spite of it being the second largest National Cemetery).  I wish more people are... 
    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is a memorable place to visit that many people are not aware of (so it seems, in spite of it being the second largest National Cemetery).  I wish more people are...  more »
  • A must stop on Route 66. I can just feel the presence of our freedom. Great grounds - well kept. Just drove around and got some pics. 
    A must stop on Route 66. I can just feel the presence of our freedom. Great grounds - well kept. Just drove around and got some pics.  more »
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  • Excellent organization of Memorial Services. Exceeded my expectations of what was provided. The overall ceremony with the Air Force guard was amazing. Grounds are immaculate.
  • A very clean and respectful place for my grandfather to rest.

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