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The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Squad is an all-volunteer group of individuals: men and women, older and not so old, veterans and non-veterans, who render Military Honors for the veterans interred at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Members of the Memorial Squad Render Honors four days a week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Honors on Wednesdays are rendered by a different group.

New members are provided with training, and a complete uniform. We support ourselves with donations and our annual Golf Outing. Memorial Squad members also staff the PIC (Public Information Center), where all funeral processions gather and line up. Other members serve at the main desk in the Administration Building, answering phones, and assisting visitors with inquiries about the National Cemetery. These members are also provided with training, and a partial uniform. We welcome all persons who have an interest in joining our group. We can be reached at:

PO Box 6
Elwood IL
60421 815-474-0321

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Statement of Mission and Purpose

To render military funeral honors, without compensation, for deceased members of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, and for deceased veterans who received an other-than-dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces, to the extent requested by the family of the deceased or the funeral director. Such military funeral honors are in accordance with current directives of the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Director of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

To assist visitors to the National Cemetery by staffing, on an uncompensated, voluntary basis, the Public Information Center on the grounds of the National Cemetery, as may be directed by the Director of the National Cemetery.

To assist the professional staff of the National Cemetery by performing duties in the Administrative Office of the National Cemetery, as may be directed by the Director of the National Cemetery.

To assist the National Cemetery in its ceremonies and events recognizing national holidays, commemorations of battles and wars, and other events in our Nation’s history where members of our Armed Forces fought and sacrificed, by rendering honors to the Flag, our Nation, and our fallen.

To assist with selected other events outside the grounds of the National Cemetery to honor our fallen members and veterans of our Armed Services, as may be designated by the Director of the National Cemetery or the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Squad.

To provide education to the public and students on the meaning and significance of ceremonies honoring our fallen veterans and members of our Armed Forces, our National Flag, and our Nation.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he who this day sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother … ”

–Wm. Shakespeare