Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Thursday, October 28, 2010 is the Long Island National Cemetery in Suffolk County, New York.
"Long Island National Cemetery is located in the community of Farmingdale on Long Island in Suffolk County, N.Y. Establishment of the cemetery in 1936 reflected one aspect of the rapid urbanization of American society in the post-World War I period. With nearly five million veterans of that conflict alone eligible for interment in a national cemetery, it was evident that existing facilities in the vicinity of large urban areas were insufficient. The situation was particularly critical in New York City and its environs. The only federal cemetery in the area, Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, established in 1862, had limited acreage available for burials. In response, in 1936 Congress authorized the Secretary of War to purchase suitable land to enlarge the existing cemetery. After considerable research and numerous site investigations, the War Department instead purchased 175 acres from Pinelawn Cemetery for the construction and development of a new national cemetery.
"The lack of available gravesites in Cypress Hills National Cemetery made it necessary to develop the new facility rapidly, and the land was sufficiently cleared to permit the first burials in March 1937. Moreover, between March and November that year, a total of 426 interments were made. During its first eight years, Long Island National Cemetery held 10,167 interments.
"The section of the cemetery containing World War II POWs includes the graves of 37 Germans and 54 Italians. The remains of the 36 unknown Italian POWs are interred in a single mass grave; they were among 1,800 prisoners onboard a British ship en route from northeast to northwest Algeria when a torpedo struck the ship. Many prisoners confined in the holds were injured, killed outright or drowned. The initial search of the ship failed to locate all casualties, and after the ship returned to the United States, remains of another 36 prisoners were recovered."
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|1||Whatcom County, Washington|
|2||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia|
|3||Barrancas National Cemetery, Escambia County, Florida|
|4||Calverton National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|5||Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado|
|6||Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California|
|7||Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|
|8||Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California|
|9||Houston National Cemetery, Harris County, Texas|
|10||Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana|
|11||Alton National Cemetery, Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois|
|12||Balls Bluff National Cemetery, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia|
|13||Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore County, Maryland|
|14||Bath National Cemetery, Steuben County, New York|
|15||Beverly National Cemetery, Edgewater Park Township, Burlington County, New Jersey|
|16||Black Hills National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|17||Cave Hill National Cemetery, Cave Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, Kentucky|
|18||City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia|
|19||Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Hanover County, Virginia|
|20||Corinth National Cemetery, Corinth, Supervisor District 3, Alcorn County, Mississippi|
|21||Crown Hill National Cemetery, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana|
|22||Danville National Cemetery, Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois|
|23||Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Fayetteville Township, Washington County, Arkansas|
|24||Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas|
|25||Togus National Cemetery, Chelsea Town, Kennebec County, Maine|
|26||Fort Meade National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|27||Old Fort Winnebago Cemetery, Fort Winnebago Town, Columbia County, Wisconsin|
|28||Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|29||National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona|
|30||Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas|
|31||Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010