At the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Inc. we pride ourselves on helping families of veterans plan services that honor those who have served our country. We understand the sacrifice every person and family makes when serving in the military, and we work extremely hard to create exceptional funerals for them. We are proud to be involved in these salutes to veterans.
Military funerals and memorials
For many families of veterans, we create a funeral that is closely integrated with the service life of the deceased. Uniforms, medals, relics, photos and videos are often important parts of the visitation (or viewing). Funerals can involve military pall bearers in and out of a funeral home or place of worship and at the cemetery, depending on the rank of the deceased. Graveside services for veterans have involved active-duty and retired service men and women, including gun salutes and military bugle calls (Taps) in military honor.
The standard Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces. The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran.
Veterans Burial Flag
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. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for:
Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?
Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.
How Can You Apply?
You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.
Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?
The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.
How Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed?
The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 27-2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.