Traditional Elements & Honors

Standard honor military funerals can include:

A military chaplain for family members
The US flag draped over the casket, and given to the next of kin following the service
A ceremonial guard serving as pallbearers
A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party, performed by American Legion Post 51, Buchanan
The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording
A Final Salute at the grave site

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.

Looking for more information on Veterans? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the answers you are looking for. From Headstones Markers & Medallions to Burial Allowance & even forms, you can find this resourceful information on their website at:

Here are a few links to get you started:

Survivor Benefits
Cemetery Services
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Burial Flags
Burial Allowance

Need additional assistance? Contact VA