Memorializing Veterans

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, July 29, 2019

A big part of planning a funeral for veterans or servicemen is often the memorialization of their service. There are many ways that a funeral service can be prepared for members of the armed forces. Speak with your Funeral Director about contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and for more help with personalizing your loved one’s funeral. The VA may be able to provide your family with financial assistance or personalizations for the funeral, monument, and more.

Flags

For veterans, flags are often a big part of the funeral. Additionally, folded flags in display cases are often purchased by families for the funeral service, or as a memorial in their home. 

Burial in Uniform

Some veterans choose to be buried in uniform as opposed to a suit or similar burial clothing. The VA may be able to help you acquire a burial uniform if their original one does not fit or was lost. You should look at your loved one’s funeral wishes to see if they mention burial in uniform.

Flowers

Like with most funerals, flowers are usually acceptable; but as the family of the deceased, you may choose to ask that in lieu of flowers that donations to a charity is made. Your loved one may have also specified preferences towards sending flowers in their funeral plans.

Monuments

Monuments can be designed to honor your loved one and their service. The VA can offer monuments to veterans who meet certain requirements. We also offer services for monument creation and customization.

Medallions

Medallions are metal plates affixed to a monument that highlight your loved one’s service to their country. The VA may offer to provide a marker for your loved one’s monument. Matthew Funeral Home also has medallions for your loved one’s monument in our memorial shop.

Ceremonies

You can request a military service burial. This can include the burial by servicemen, an honor guard, as well as a 21 gun salute. Speak with your funeral director or a VA representative for assistance.

 

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.
 

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