Quantico National Cemetery

Quantico National Cemetery

Quantico National Cemetery
Quantico National Cemetery on Veterans' Day.
Details
Established 1983
Location Quantico, Virginia
Country United States
Coordinates
Type United States National Cemetery
Size 725 acres (293 ha)
Website Official
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Quantico National Cemetery is a national cemetery in Triangle, Virginia for veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Adjacent to and originally part of Marine Corps Base Quantico, it was established as a national cemetery in 1983 with an area of 725 acres (293 ha).

Contents

  • Location 1
  • Monuments and memorials 2
  • Notable burials 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Location

Quantico National Cemetery is located on land that was part of the U.S. Marine Corps training base adjacent to Quantico in Prince William County, Virginia. The land has been used by the military for over 200 years. First, around 1775 by the Commonwealth of Virginia for Navy operations, and later, as a blockade point for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

In 1918 a permanent Marine base was established at Quantico. The Marine Corps Schools, a forerunner of the Marine Corps Development and Education Command, was created there in 1921. Since 1941, the focus of the base has been individual education rather than unit training. In 1977, the Marine Corps donated 725 acres (2.9 km²) of this land to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, to establish a facility at Quantico. The cemetery was formally dedicated on May 15, 1983.[1]

Volunteers with the Sgt. Mac Foundation placed wreaths on 2,200 graves at Quantico National Cemetery on December 6, 2008 to honor interred service members

Monuments and memorials

There are seven memorials in all. A monument to Edson’s Raiders was the first memorial dedicated at Quantico National Cemetery, unveiled on the memorial pathway on August 6, 1989. It is dedicated to the 800 members of the First Marine Raider Battalion, which from August 1942 to October 1943, played a key role in helping the greatly outnumbered American forces push back Japanese troops in the British Solomon Islands.

The Douglas MacArthur revived it for soldiers who were wounded or killed in defense of their nation.

Additional memorials honor: the Fourth Marine or “Fighting Fourth” Division; the Commonwealth of Virginia Memorial dedicated to honor all of the nation’s veterans; the First Marine Division Memorial; and the 6th Marine Division or “Striking Sixth” Memorial to honor the division that won the Presidential Unit Citation for its actions in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II; the memorial design is based on an Okinawan tomb.[2]

Notable burials

References

  1. ^ "Cemeteries - Quantico National Cemetery". United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Striking Sixth - 6th Marine Division - World War II Memorials
  3. ^ Official Biography of Lewis W. Walt.

External links

  • Department of Veteran Affairs National Cemetery Administration: Quantico National Cemetery
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Quantico National Cemetery