Etiquette – Burial Flags

Burial Flags

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.



About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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One Response to Etiquette – Burial Flags

  1. Jessica says:

    First, I want to send my condolences to you and your family for your loved one that has past on. Secondly, thank you so much for following my Grandpa’s blog, Lori! And thank you for this post: Grandpa in fact recieved a burial flag, and it is great to finally know the facts behind such an important momento.
    I feel your site is very much needed in today’s society, so I look forward to following it and learning more from you! 🙂

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