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Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
Florida National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located near the city of Bushnell in Sumter County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and began interments in 1988.HistoryFlorida National Cemetery is located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, approximately 50mi north of Tampa. The forest was acquired by the federal government from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. The United States Forest Service managed the property until a lease-purchase agreement transferred it to the Florida Board of Forestry in 1958. Currently, Withlacoochee State Forest is the second-largest state forest in Florida, divided into eight distinct tracts of land.In 1842, Congress encouraged settlement here by establishing the Armed Occupation Act. The law granted a patent for 160acre to any man who kept a gun and ammunition, built a house, cultivated 5acre of the land and remained there for at least five years. Settlers moved in to take advantage of the generous offer. The area contained abundant timber and suitable farmland, appealing attributes to frontiersmen. In 1845 Florida was granted statehood.During the Civil War, a sugar mill on the Homosassa River supplied sugar to the Confederacy. A robust citrus-growing industry developed in the eastern part of the area and became a focus of intense economic expansion soon after the war.
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  • My husband and I accompanied my sister to a service for her deceased husband at the cemetery. It was both honoring and inspiring. My husband, who had also served in the Navy during Vietnam was reminde...  read more »
  • The cemetery is immaculate and massive. It is impressive, and I was both sad and exhilarated. I walked through only a few acres of almost all men who died 1990-1992, many with their wives buried on to...  read more »
  • The grounds are beautiful.and well taken care of. This was our first visit and it seemed like there were a lot of funerals on this day. We stopped at the visitor center but it was locked, the restroom...  read more »
  • Peaceful. The cemetery does a great service for our veterans and their families. Helpful welcome center with maps. Kiosk available 7 days a week to help locate your loved one's burial site.
  • Yes this is very beautifull resting place for our loved ones.However their is one thing that is very unfortunet and that is the fact that you cannot leave flowers .Within hrs. their gone.Mom loved her flowers.Something about a cemetery that is filled with beautifull flowers of all varieties . Build a dear fence.Just a thought and a wish.
  • I come to Florida a couple of times a year to visit family and we always come to visit my father whose cremains are here. It is a lovely and peaceful place and is always beautifully maintained. I love it when the flags are out and the music is playing. We come down every Christmas and love seeing all the wreaths. Such a beautiful place for the men and women who have served our country. I am proud to be one of them.
  • The most peaceful, beautiful place a beloved National hero could hope to spend eternity. May God bless our heroes who lie there and the folks who care for their resting place with such diligence.
  • Been there for two funerals and I have nothing but respect for the professionalism of the staff. Grounds are immaculate and it is a beautiful final resting place.
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