A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a Veteran’s military service to his or her country. The VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for each veteran – other than dishonorable discharged.
- Veteran who served during wartime
- Veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941
- Veteran who served after January 31, 1955
- Peacetime Veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950
Generally the flag is given to the next of kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service.
Also every eligible Veteran can be provided Military Funeral Honors. This is actually a law mandate that cannot be refused. In the Honor Guard ceremony “Taps” will be played and the American flag will be folded and presented to the next of kin.
This past weekend, we had a family memorial service, and the funeral director made all of the arrangements for the Honor Guard. We also received a Presidential Memorial Certificate that expresses the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service in the Armed Forces. It will bear the name of the deceased veteran as well as the President’s signature.