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  • Presidential Memorial Certificates

    The Whitehouse

    The Presidential Memorial Certificate is an engraved parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of a veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President. Eligibility Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends. The award of a ce... more

  • Military Memorial and Burial Benefits Explained

    Arlington National Cemetery

    As a servicemember or military family member you should be aware of your memorial benefits before you need them. The following information is presented to assist you in dealing with the loss of a servicemember or veteran. In return for the supreme sacrifices that you and your family make as part of the Armed Forces, The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides Memorial and Burial services for eligible active duty, reserve, and veteran mem... more

  • Military Funeral Honors

    Folding the flag at a Marine funeral.

    The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to th... more

  • Memorial Plots

    Arlington Cemetery section 64

    To memorialize an eligible veteran whose remains are not available for burial VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery. The headstone or marker is the same as that used to identify a grave except that the mandatory phrase "In Memory of" precedes the authorized inscription. The plot and headstone or marker are available to memorialize eligible veterans or deceased active-duty members whose remains were not recovered... more

  • Burial Preparations

    New York Military Forces Honor Guard at the funeral 600x400

    Burial preparation is a sensitive subject, but as a servicemember, veteran, or military family member you should be aware of your burial benefits before you need them. The following information is presented to assist you in preparing for the loss of a servicemember or veteran. Burial in a VA National Cemetery Gravesites in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance; however, reservations made prior ... more

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