Full Military Honors For Veterans At Mass Burial Service

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Entrance - SS

The last Mass Direct Burial Service of this year will be held on December 14th at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Chairman of the Will County Veteran’s Assistance, Jack Picciolo says throughout the year veterans are buried without receiving military honors.

Every three months a mass burial service will include the reading of the veteran’s name and the burial will include full military honors. A fire bell will be rung after each name and rank of veteran. The folding of an American flag and the playing of taps will be played.

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery – SS

This quarterly ceremony is open to the public. Only homeless or indigent veterans names will be read. Veterans who have next of kin must sign a permission letter in order to have their name read during the quarterly ceremony. This year’s mass direct burial service will be held on December 14th at Shelter C., at 9 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

The mass honors are for (16) Unaccompanied Veterans, who were not provided honors at the time of burial.

ARMY: (8)

*SGT Robert Price *SP4 Michael Zydron *CPL Joseph Mikrut *SP2 Wayne Bates *SP5 John Lancaster *SP5 John Miller * CPL Charles Hamill * SGT Thor Peterson

NAVY: (6)

*SA Dean B.Wolfe *FA James Mlankonicky *QM2 Donald Gardner *SN Robert E. Ball *PHM3 Paul Evans Jr. *YN3 *Roy A. Dugan

Marines: (1)

*SGT Vondal Lawson


*A1C Robert E. Walls

There were (3) WWII, (3) Korean, (8) Vietnam, and (2) Peacetime era veterans.


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