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AMVETS Post 1776 mission is to honor and support veterans daily. This includes proper and honor interment. In February 2021, we completed our mission to install and maintain a bell tower at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. The Bell Tower will be a lasting memorial to pay respect to those who have served our Country from WWII to our current wars.
The AMVETS bell tower at the Tallahassee National Cemetery has a catalog of over 700 songs to include all military service songs. It has the capability to play these songs on demand and plays Taps at days end in tribute to all veterans who have served our great nation, especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
The bell tower will be located near the Tallahassee National Cemetery Administration Building. The bell tower’s carillon main console will be located in Administrative Building main office and will provide ease of operation of the bell tower’s many functions.
TALLAHASSEE NATIONAL CEMETERY
The National Cemetery Administration
In 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed into law the establishment of national cemeteries “for the soldiers who shall die in the service of their country.” The first bell tower was installed at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Approved by an Act of Congress in October 1949, the bell tower was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman on December 21, 1949 with his now immortal words, “…As these bells ring …honored dead rest … freedom lives…”.
The 250-acre national cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida, will serve the burial needs of more than 83,000 veterans and their spouses and dependent children in the cemetery’s service area over the next 100 years. The Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the land in Leon County in August 2012 for $6.8 million. The new cemetery property is bounded by Apalachee Parkway on the north and Old St. Augustine Road on the south.