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Lending solemn dignity, military comportment, and a symbol of the nation’s unending gratitude at every burial the squad participates in, observers find themselves deeply moved by the comfort and sincere solace given by volunteer members of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Squad to the families of veterans being buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

When the flag is presented to one of the loved one’s at the service, the following is quoted:

“On behalf of a great and grateful Nation, the President of the United States, and the Armed Forces, it is an honor to present this flag, for the honorable service your loved one provided our country.”

It matters not how extreme the cold, snow, rain or summer’s heat, very little has prevented the Memorial Squad from the completion of their appointed duty. Memorial Squad volunteers take justifiable pride in the fact that they have not failed to provide military burial honors because of inclement weather or other climate catastrophes.

John Whiteside Memorial Golf Outing 2023

The 2023 John Whiteside Memorial Golf Outing will be held on June 28th at the Inwood Golf Course in Joliet, IL. More details to follow.

Donations to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Squad are always welcomed and appreciated. 

How Can I Help?

We can’t do what we do without your help! 

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Becoming a Memorial Squad volunteer
  • Wreath Laying
  • Memorial Day Flags
  • Etc.

Learn more.


  • Direct burials are held quarterly at 9:00 am in Shelter C.
    • July 14, 2023
    • October 9, 2023
  • John Whiteside Memorial Golf Outing: June 28th, 2023 – Learn More
  • Wreaths Across America – at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery: December 16, 2023

Learn more about all of our events.


Learn more about how to make your donation to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad.

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