George and Catherine Dolton established Oakland Memory Lanes in 1860, which makes the cemetery rich with more than a century of local history. Throughout its existence, Oakland has nurtured a long-standing tradition of honoring the service of veterans and public servants.
For example, two Civil War cannons, owned by the American Legion Paul Gall Post 303, stand silent watch at the entrance to the cemetery. The Little Arlington veterans’ section features a prominent statue dedicated to “Our fallen comrades,” referring to those who perished in the Civil War. The statue was erected in 1907 by the Grand Army of the Republic and was dedicated by the Women’s Relief Corps in 1911. Later, the contributions of G.W. Spencer (Post 489, Department of Illinois GAR) allowed for an Old Glory plaque dedication in May 1971.
Oakland is proud of its 9/11 Remembrance Monument, which was erected solely from contributions made by families with cemetery property as well as a few business owners. The monument is dedicated to the victims of September 11 and salutes the men and women of the Fire, Police and EMS departments who risk their lives daily to protect our great nation.
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