Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Tour
On September 14, 2011 over 40 Veterans and guests joined the staff of
Glueckert Funeral Home for a charter
bus tour of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood Illinois. The
tour was part of the Glueckert Funeral Homes “Honoring Their Life and
Legacy” effort to inform, educate and support Veterans and their
families. After enjoying refreshments, guests boarded a luxury charter
bus for the trip to the cemetery. While on the bus, attendees learned
and had questions answered about Veterans benefits.
part of the entertainment on the trip to the cemetery, guests tested
their knowledge of some facts about WW II and the Pearl Harbor Invasion.
After a brief delay (who saw that weight limit sign on Arsenal Road?) we
arrived at the cemetery and were given a tour of the grounds by,
cemetery attendant, Christine. The tour included witnessing the Honors
Squad, committal shelters, traditional and cremated remains burial
areas, and columbaria. Guests were invited to step off the bus and visit
the grave of Civil War Veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and first
burial in the cemetery, G. Theodore Hyatt. Additionally, some were given
time to visit resting sites of relatives and friends.
Unfortunately, the cemetery was in the process of improving the grounds
so some areas could not be toured. The impressive and remarkable main
entrance was undergoing a major renovation.
On the return trip to Glueckert Funeral Home, while enjoying a box
lunch, attendees were given the answers to the WW II and Pearl Harbor
brain teasers. Contest winners received prizes ranging from gift
certificates, shirts and stadium blankets. Everyone walked away knowing
the National Cemetery Administration and staff at Abraham Lincoln
National Cemetery truly respects the service of our Veterans and can
provide a peaceful and honorable resting place. All were offered a
memento from the funeral home as a remembrance of the day.
The Glueckert’s and Funeral Home Staff appreciate all who took the time
to visit and tour the grounds of our local National Cemetery. Personal
suggestions and those on the evaluation will make future trips even more
enjoyable. We also thank the staff of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery,
especially Christine, for making this such an informative and rewarding
John W. Glueckert, Jr.
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