Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"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."
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010