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Veterans Benefits

Honoring Veterans

We are proud to recognize our country's veterans! We thank you for your sacrifice, selflessness and patriotism as they define our great nation.

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes.

Traditional Elements & Honors

Military funeral honors can include:

  • Three Volleys Fired by the local post rifle squad. (It is common for for people to say a '21 gun salute' however that is only given to the highest ranking officers. Each veteran is in fact promised three volleys. The number of firing rifles is typically dependant on availability of the post member volunteers.)
  • 'Taps' Performed by a bugler or audio recording. Lyrics to the song are: Verse 1 - "Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hill, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh." Verse 2 / Echo - "Thanks and praise, for our days, 'neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh."
  • Flag Presentation Service by the local American Legion Post to the next of kin.

Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.
  • Headstones or Markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.
  • Memorial Plots. If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave,a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:

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