Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Tuesday, November 23, 2010 is the Puerto Rico National Cemetery in Bayamón, Hato Tejas Barrio, Bayamón Municipio, Puerto Rico.
"The Puerto Rico National Cemetery is located on the north side of the island in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and is approximately 13 miles from San Juan, the capital. The cemetery serves as an American presence on the island and many distinguished Puerto Ricans who served in the U.S. military are interred there.
"Prior to becoming a national cemetery, the land where the cemetery is now located was owned by the U.S. Navy and it was used as a machine gun range. After World War II, the land was transferred to the Department of the Army specifically for the construction of a new national cemetery. Negotiations for construction of the cemetery began after the land was transferred on July 12, 1948 and the private firm of Font & Montilla was contracted to build the cemetery.
"The 108.2-acre cemetery was dedicated on Veteran’s Day in 1949 and it is the only national cemetery located in Puerto Rico. According to El Diario, the local newspaper, the dedication was attended by both local and military officials such as Luis Munoz-Marin, the Governor of Puerto Rico, and Major General Herman Feldman, the Quartermaster of the U.S. Army. In his remarks during the dedication, Feldman noted that, “practically every family in Puerto Rico had a representative in uniform during World War II.” Since its dedication, Puerto Rico National Cemetery has been a shrine to Puerto Ricans who served in the armed forces.
"The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 26, 1983."
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|1||Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside County, California|
|2||Quincy National Cemetery, Quincy, Quincy Township, Adams County, Illinois|
|3||Fort Custer National Cemetery, Ross Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan|
|4||Finns Point National Cemetery, Pennsville Township, Salem County, New Jersey|
|5||Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell Precinct, Lincoln County, Nebraska|
|6||Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin|
|7||Mound City National Cemetery, Mound City Precinct, Pulaski County, Illinois|
|8||West Virginia National Cemetery, Taylor County, West Virginia|
|9||Lebanon National Cemetery, Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky|
|10||Rock Island National Cemetery, Moline Township, Rock Island County, Illinois|
|11||Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Big Rock Township, Pulaski County, Arkansas|
|12||San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Merced County, California|
|13||Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Center Township, Grant County, Indiana|
|14||Port Hudson National Cemetery, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|
|15||Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Russell County, Alabama|
|16||Mill Springs National Cemetery, Pulaski County, Kentucky|
|17||Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Springfield Township, Greene County, Missouri|
|18||Saint Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida|
|19||Confederate Cemetery, Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois|
|20||Staunton National Cemetery, Staunton, Staunton City, Virginia|
|21||Soldiers' Lot, Woodland Cemetery, Mound City, Mound City Township, Linn County, Kansas|
|22||Soldiers' Lot, Baxter Springs Cemetery, Spring Valley Township, Cherokee County, Kansas|
|23||Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamón, Hato Tejas Barrio, Bayamón Municipio, Puerto Rico|
|24||Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California|
|25||Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee|
|26||Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia|
|27||Crown Hill Confederate Plot, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana|
|28||Soldiers' Lot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine|
|29||Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso County, Texas|
|30||Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010