Alton National Cemetery

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Alton National Cemetery
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Overview from the northeast
Alton National Cemetery is located in Illinois
Alton National Cemetery
Location 600 Pearl St.
Alton, Illinois
Coordinates 38°53′26″N 90°09′49″W / 38.89056°N 90.16361°W / 38.89056; -90.16361Coordinates: 38°53′26″N 90°09′49″W / 38.89056°N 90.16361°W / 38.89056; -90.16361
Built 1870
Governing body U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
MPS Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP Reference # 11000245

Alton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Alton, in Madison County, Illinois. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses only half an acre plot of land, and as of the end of 2005, had 522 interments. It is maintained by the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Originally a military section of the Alton City Cemetery, and in use since 1870, the half acre lot was donated to the federal government in 1940. It was intended that the remains buried in the cemetery be moved to the Springfield National Cemetery, but public protest prevented it. It is the resting place of many Civil War Union soldiers.

In 2006, Alton announced the first of what is hoped to be an annual Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony at the cemetery that will include speeches by local elected officials, a performance by the Scott Air Force Base band, Pipes and Drums, and a VFW 21-gun salute. This event is well-attended and has continued to the present day.

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