Personalizing Veterans Services
Courage, hope, and dedication are qualities that mark a veteran’s entire life. To honor and recognize their military service, eligible veterans receive military honors and other burial benefits. Many families further highlight their loved one’s patriotism and military qualities during the remembrance services. Others remember their loved one with patriotic keepsakes.
The survivors of eligible veterans are presented a burial flag. If there is a burial, the flag may be draped over the casket before the burial. For a memorial service, the folded flag may be displayed alongside the urn. Afterwards, many families treasure these flags by displaying and protecting them in a flag case. These heirloom-quality cases are available in cherry, oak and walnut.
We offer specially designed register books that reflect the military branch the veteran served. During a visitation, guests sign-in to the register book. After the services, the family has a meaningful keepsake that recognizes a military commitment while recording those who visited and supported the family during the remembrance services.
Many families of veterans choose a casket that commemorates service to our county. Some caskets have a particular style that many military families value. A particular material or color design may represent the military qualities important in their lives. Other caskets have personalization options. If interested in a casket that represents a military commitment, speak to the funeral director and you will be directed to the options that respond to your interests.
Some families choose a commemorative casket panel, which is placed in the casket lid, to represent military service or a specific branch. Other families choose a special panel that accommodates photos and other memorabilia in the lid of the casket, thus able to display a military photo and medals.
Other families choose Lifestory Medallions. These are placed in a casket lid and reflect particular facets of a loved one’s life, such as family relationships, religious beliefs, or military service. Matching engravable keepsake medallions are available to be shared with family and friends to create a lasting connection to their loved one. Medallion options include some with patriotic designs.
Some families choose a casket that offers the Lifesymbols Corners feature. These corners include patriotic designs and military branch emblems as well as other religious, family, professional and interests designs. These corners can also be kept as individual keepsakes for family and friends.
If cremation is chosen, there are also military and patriotic options. Urn selection in part depends on the final placement of the urn, whether buried in a cemetery, placed in a niche, or treasured in a special place in the home or garden. Many families choose a specific style of urn because it represents valued military qualities. Others choose a certain urn because of the personalization features that include military options. The funeral director will offer suggestions based on your interests.
If burial in a cemetery is chosen, burial and urn vaults may also incorporate military service. Many families choose a vault specifically designed to honor veterans. Other families personalize a vault with patriotic words, symbols, and images. Many choose a framed patriotic image on the burial vault lid to display a loved one’s military commitment. Some choose to adorn the entire burial vault lid with a beautiful military-themed print that adds color, depth, and patriotism. Others place an emblem symbolizing a specific service branch on the burial or urn vault lid.
In addition to the military honors that eligible veterans receive, many families incorporate military service in other ways. Many families honor military service during visitation by displaying military uniforms, medals and other recognitions. Some display photos and other memorabilia from military time on a memory table. Others include a song or reading during the remembrance ceremony that represents their loved one’s patriotism.
We have many ideas to highlight patriotism and military service. Contact us and we will offer you suggestions to address your interests.