Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell

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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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  • September 24, 2017
    Every place you look , you can't help realize how much they care , like keeping up the grounds, the information center , Memorial paths, plenty of trails with benches . They have services every Memori...  more »
  • May 29, 2017
    Very breath taking and humbling. When you look out and see all the white makers, know here are people who died on service or served our great America country and kept out people free. This is not the ...  more »
  • May 29, 2017
    I visited the Florida National Cemetery today for the Memorial Day service. It is a beautiful and sobering place. It is truly hallowed ground. Freedom is not free and this cemetery is a reminder. I hi...  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    We had a little bit of a wait but besides that it's kinda hard to rate because it was a funeral. Employees were respectful of our family's loss, and we had a beautiful spot to bury my great grandma's ashes. A beautiful memorial. I take off another star because all the graves are crammed in, and I believe all the great people who served this nation deserve more respect than that, plus just imagine if you dedicated your life to a country, and got buried 6 inches from someone you don't even know. It would stink.
  • June 11, 2017
    Serene place. To all the Veterans that lay in peace....thanks to you we are walking in freedom today. Mike M USN
  • May 26, 2017
    Visited today 5/26/2017. My brother inlaw will be put to rest here. The services today was very beautiful. Its very clean and kept up veey well. Thank you to everyone who was involved today. R.I.P Antonio 4/13/2017
  • April 25, 2017
    This is beautiful, well kept Veterans Cemetery. As a member of the Honor Guard at Zephyrhills VFW post 8154, I go there often.
  • December 4, 2016
    Fantastic Memorial day ceremony. Lots of Veterans and members of the community gathered to pay their respect. The landscape was well manicured, the graveside flags were meticulously placed and the staff were helpful. If you go check out the memorial at the center of the cemetery. Be careful, not many bathroom options for large events. Hopefully they'll bring in portables for future events.

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