It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.
At Shrine of Remembrance we feel honored to serve our nation’s veterans and their families in their time of need. Over the years our funeral home has been involved in establishing numerous military and patriotic memorials and it would be our privilege to assist you in paying tribute to your loved one for their devoted and selfless dedication to our country.
We will help you to obtain military funeral honors through the appropriate branch of service, as well as complete any paperwork necessary to apply for veterans benefits.
Military Funeral Honors
Based upon eligibility and availability:
Honorably discharged veterans with less than 20 years of service may receive:
Honorably discharged veterans with 20 years of service or more may receive:
Folding and presentation of the flag
The playing of “Taps” (this may be an audio recording)
A three-volley rifle salute
Military funeral honors teams require at least 48 hours advanced notice and will require documentation to prove eligibility.
Burial Flag - One 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.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses - For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review the Guide to VA Burial Allowances.
Headstones / Medallions - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.
For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone, VA may also furnish a headstone or marker to supplement the graves or a Medallion to be affixed to a privately purchased headstone.
Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. Bronze niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.
Presidential Memorial Certificates - 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.
Burial in a VA National Cemetery - Includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a burial vault, and perpetual care.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I establish veteran eligibility?
Report of Separation (DD Form 214), for retirees the form must state “Retired” or show the appropriate length of service
Any discharge document showing honorable service
How do I obtain a DD Form 214?
Does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide benefits to cover all the funeral or cremation arrangements of an honorably discharged veteran?
No. There is a common belief that the VA pays for all the funeral or cremation arrangements of an honorably discharged veteran. However, reimbursement for funeral or cremation service expenses is limited, and usually only applies to veterans who retired from the Armed Services, or were disabled due to a service-related injury, or died in a VA hospital or while in a nursing home under VA contract. Only the VA can rule on your exact benefits.
Am I entitled to a free veteran's casket?
No. As a standard policy, neither the VA nor the various branches of service provide a free casket for a deceased veteran, unless death occurs while on active duty.
For more information regarding the options available for honoring service members
and other aspects of military funerals, please visit the