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Property Name Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Reference Number 16000054
State California
County San Diego
Town San Diego
Street Address Cabrillo Memorial Drive
Multiple Property Submission Name Inter-World War National Cemeteries, 1934-1939
Status Listed 3/8/2016
Areas of Significance Military, Social History
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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is part of a Multiple Property Listing, Inter-World War National Cemeteries, 1934-1939. This study includes the following associated contexts: Development of National Cemeteries, 1862-1940; Cemetery Landscape and Design, 1930s; Rise of Veteran Service Organizations and Evolving Veteran Burial Benefits, 1860s-1930s; and the Impact of the Great Depression and the WPA Programs on National Cemeteries, 1930s. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery�s significance rests in its position as one of seven national cemeteries established between World War I and World War II, specifically in 1934-1939. The increased veteran population, combined with the rapidly depleting burial space at existing national cemeteries, led to a series of federal legislation during this period aimed at establishing new cemeteries: Baltimore, Fort Snelling, Fort Rosecrans, Golden Gate, Fort Bliss, Long Island, and Fort Sam Houston national cemeteries. These seven properties are nationally significant under Criterion A for their association with the expansion of the National Cemetery System during the Inter-World War period. These cemeteries are physical shrines illustrating selfless sacrifices of the U.S. military, which expand upon the burial and memorial mission established during the Civil War through the first national cemeteries. For these reasons, Criteria Consideration D is satisfied.

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Inter-World War National Cemeteries, 1934-1939


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