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Any man or woman is eligible to become an unpaid volunteer of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad.

Prospective members must attend training, which is conducted one day a week for approximately 8 to 10 weeks dependent on the progress of the recruit. Training includes knowledge of the M1 rifle (dismantling and cleaning), execution of drill commands, understanding of ceremony progression, execution of proper flag folding and presentation skills. Training takes place on Tuesday mornings. After completing training, a purchase order is issued for a complete uniform. The new volunteer is also required to register with the Voluntary Services  Office at the Hines VA Hospital.

In 2001, Mr. John Whiteside of the Joliet Herald News and the Honorary Jerry Weller initiated the the idea of establishing an honor detail at the National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. The Cemetery Director and staff moved forward with the establishment of the ALNC Memorial Squad. The Memorial Squad was inaugurated on August 26, 2003. The first service was performed on September 9, 2003.

How to Sign Up

To sign up, fill out form below or contact Ed at volunteer@abrahamlincolnmemorialsquad.org or 815-474-0321.