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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  • Not easy to find but we made a quick get away before the CoVid crisis. The entrance way is long and at first looks likes nothing much. However, going to visit with a retired disabled veteran was a...  more »
  • Sad story of Elgin’s family-less “unclaimed veteran”. Hundreds turned out for the service at this National Cemetery. Staffers were top notch at this solemn interment.  more »
  • My father is a veteran and still alive. My mother passed away 5 years ago today. She's buried there. It's absolutely beautiful! They take such good care of this place and the wreath they put on there last year for Christmas was just amazing. It was on every grave donated and put on by volunteers braving the cold weather. Thank you! Everyone from caretakers to volunteers to the united states armed forces. We all appreciate everything you do, immensely!
  • A sense of the sacredness of this place overcomes you as soon as you enter the grounds. And a thankfulness and reverence for the sacrifice the men and women buried here made for their country and all who followed since soon seeps into your consciousness.

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