8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association

178th Infantry Regiment - The 178th Infantry Regiment holds a unique place in United States military history. It is the direct descendant of Militia and Illinois National Guard units founded and original manned exclusively by African Americans.
The regiment survives today through the 1st Battalion 178th Infantry (Air Assault) Illinois National Guard.
The National African American Military Museum
National Guard Association of the United States
National Guard Association of Illinois
National Guard Bureau
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Chicago Defender Charities, Inc. - Founded April 2, 1945, the Chicago Defender Charities' purpose then as now is "to promote, hold, operate and conduct exhibitions, meets, contests, parades, concerts, shows, parties, seminars, festivals, picnics, dinners, forums and meetings; to aid the infirm, poor, needy, unfortunate and deserving individuals; to give to religious institutions, churches, schools, religious and social clubs, hospitals and sanitariums; to give away money and other property to charity and other purposes as above set forth."
In 1929, the Bud Billiken® Parade and Picnic parade was sponsored by the Chicago Defender newspaper as an event to award its newspaper carriers. In 1946, the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc. began sponsoring the parade.
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery - On October 3, 1999, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Burial operations began on October 12. The new 982-acre cemetery will serve approximately one million veterans in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 27034 South Diagonal Road Elwood, Illinois 60421 (815)423-9958 (815)423-5824 fax