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Marion National Cemetery, Marion

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Marion National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Marion in Grant County, Indiana. It encompasses, and as of the end of 2005, had 8,269 interments. It is included in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Marion Branch national historic district.
In 1888, Colonel George W. Steele, Indiana’s congressional representative, successfully convinced his colleagues in Washington, D.C., of the need for a Soldier’s Home in Grant County. Subsequently, the 31acre Marion Branch of the National Home opened in 1889 to provide shelter and comfort for the region’s veterans. Along with the home, a cemetery was established for the interment of the men who died there. The first burial occurred two years after the home opened in May 1890. For most of its history, the cemetery at the Marion Home has quietly and efficiently cared for the needs of the nation’s veterans with few significant changes.
In 1920, the home was renamed Marion Sanatorium and in 1930, administration of the home was transferred to the newly created Veterans Administration. Additional land was transferred from the Veterans Health Administration twice in the cemetery’s history. were added in 1974 and six more in 1988. As of 1973, with the passage of the National Cemetery Act, the cemetery became part of the National Cemetery system and its name was changed to Marion National Cemetery. As of 2004, over 8,000 men and women have been buried in Marion National Cemetery, including Medal of Honor recipients Henry Hyde, Nicholas Irwin and Jeremiah Kuder.
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  • Standing in a cemetery and realizing the sacrifices the ones buried there have made. Their sacrifices allowed us to have the freedoms that we have in our country..  more »
  • We were there for a family funeral. They were very prompt and waiting for our party to arrive. The grounds are well kept. They still have several building that were from the civil war.  more »
  • Doing the best for our veterans and families. Wishing I could give 10 stars.Thank you for your service and solemn honor.
  • Honor and sacrifice is present. Thank you for taking great care of my Grandfather! PVT.Morris J. Hannum, U.S Army, WW2.

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