A Memorial Day sunset service will take place later today at the National Cemetery in Alton.  It will be the 10th year for the service, and is believed to be the only Memorial Day service held in the evening at a National Cemetery.  The event begins at 6:30pm.

Organizer Richard Baird says the cemetery itself dates back to just after the Civil War:

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The Alton National Cemetery is located about two blocks north of Broadway on Pearl Street.  If you attend, you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  The event should last about one hour.


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