Long Island National Cemetery

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Long Island National Cemetery
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Long Island National Cemetery
Details
Year established 1936
Location Suffolk County, New York
Country United States
Coordinates 40°45′18″N 73°23′41″W / 40.754864°N 73.394594°W / 40.754864; -73.394594
Type United States National Cemetery
Size 364.7 acres (147.6 ha)
Number of graves 329,000+
Website http://www.cem.va.gov/CEMs/nchp/longisland.asp

Long Island National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Suffolk County, New York. It comprises the northern section of an area known as "Pinelawn", which consists of a grouping of cemeteries and memorial parks situated along Wellwood Avenue (County Road 3) - these include Pinelawn Memorial Park, St. Charles / Resurrection, Beth Moses, New Montefiore and Mt. Ararat Cemeteries. Its mailing address is Farmingdale (postal code 11735). Its borders East Farmingdale along its western edge and is located within the CDPS of Wyandanch (to the east), in the Town of Babylon, and Melville (to the north) in the Town of Huntington. It encompasses 364.7 acres (147.6 ha), and as of 30 September 2006, had 329,704 interments - making it the US National Cemetery with the largest number of interments.

The cemetery's centralized location makes it easily accessible to transportation - by road (Wellwood Avenue / Pinelawn Road, running north-south) or by train (Long Island Rail Road - Ronkonkoma Branch - Pinelawn station, running east-west). Holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day see a notable increase in visitors.

History[edit]

Long Island National Cemetery was established in 1936 with a purchase of 175 acres (71 ha) of land from Pinelawn Cemetery to answer a need after World War I of a large number of veterans, and not enough burial space in the urban cemeteries in New York. At the time the only National Cemetery in the area was Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, and it had very limited area available. The land was developed and burials began in March 1937. Within its first 8 years, it saw over 10,000 interments from World War II.

A section of the cemetery has the interments of World War II prisoners of war, including 37 Germans and 54 Italians. There are also 35 British Commonwealth servicemen buried here from the same war.[1]

1940 marker

Notable monuments[edit]

  • A granite memorial to "Fallen Comrades of Nassau & Suffolk Counties" was erected in 1940.

Notable interments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

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