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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes.

 

Standard Honor Military Funerals

Traditional elements and honors could include the following:

  • “Honor Guard by the local VFW or American Legion”
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket and flag presentation by the honor guard which is then given to the next of kin following the service
  • A gun volley if desired
  • The play of Taps if desired
 

Other Veteran Benefits

We can help you communicate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate. 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. Certificates are issued in the name of deceased honorably discharged veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.
  • Headstones or markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries.
  • Memorial plots. If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of burial expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

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Additional Resources

For more information about military funerals, please visit the following links:

 

Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP - Pine Avenue Branch
Phone: (814) 825-2500
845 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16504
Austin J. Brugger - Supervisor

 


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