Veteran Funeral Services
One way our country shows thanks to its veterans is through funeral services. Many funeral homes in Greenville, MI offer special veteran’s services to help honor these men and women. There are also a large number of low cost or free veteran funeral services provided by the United States federal government. After all, the brave men and women that served our country through the armed forces deserve to be honored and remembered for their generous and remarkable sacrifice.
Military funeral service honors are given to eligible members of the United States Armed Forces that consist of the Marines, Army, National Guard, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. In order to be eligible, individual must also have completed at least one term of enlistment or initial obligated service in the Selective Reserve, and were not dishonorably discharged, died in active duty or Selective Reserve, or served on active duty, or in the Selected Reserve, and were not dishonorably discharged.
Eligible veterans of the United States armed forces can access low cost or no cost funeral service honors such as Taps or the Flag Folding and Presentation. “Taps” is a bugle song long associated with military and patriotic funerals. Though live bugle performances are rarely seen these days, military funeral honors require that a high-quality recording of the song be played at any eligible funeral services if no live bugle is available. All eligible veterans will have at least 2 Armed Forces members serving as an honor guard during the funeral service. At least one of these guards will be from the deceased’s service branch, and this guard will present a traditionally folded American flag to the next of kin or designated person.
A flag is provided at no cost to the family to drape the casket or accompany the deceased’s urn if the body was cremated. The flag will be folded and presented to eligible family members including the next of kin or requested friends. Family members may donate their flags to national cemeteries with Avenue of Flags so the flag can be flown on patriotic holidays to honor the deceased.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can furnish a headstone at no cost. These veteran’s headstones are available for any veteran regardless of date of death. The headstones are available in bronze, marble and granite in various styles to match existing headstones in the place of burial. This same service is available for cremated remains in the form of niche markers for columbarium. While the VA does provide the headstone, the family is responsible for grave and burial fees and markers.
If you have more questions about veteran’s funeral services or Greenville, MI funeral homes in general, all you have to do is get in touch with Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care. We have years of funeral service experience and would be honored to use our expertise to help you in your time of need. Please stop by and visit us at 3627 Linden Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548 United States, or give us a call at (616) 452-3006.