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Why Choose a National Cemetery?

Who is Eligible?

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the Armed Forces and veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouses, un-remarried widow or widower, minor children and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children are eligible for burial. Eligible spouses may be buried, even if they predecease the veteran. 

Options for Eligible Veterans

  • Casketed In-Ground Burial
  • Cremation Urn In-Ground Burial
  • Cremation Urn Placement in Columbarium Wall 

Burial Arrangements

Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center will schedule services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Burial in the cemetery includes a graveside, opening and closing of the grave, a preset concrete liner, government marker or headstone and perpetual care at no cost. Spaces are assigned at the time of need and may not be reserved.  

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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On Oct. 3, 1999, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery lies in the northwestern area of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, approximately 50 miles south of Chicago. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is named after the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemeteries.

Congressman George E. Sangmeister, a veteran of the Korean War, was instrumental in the         acquisition of 982 acres from the former Joliet Arsenal and its redevelopment as Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421
Phone: 815-423-9958

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Veterans Overview

Veterans Headstones

Veterans Burial Flags

Why Choose a National Cemetery?

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