As more families choose cremation, funeral directors across the U.S. have adapted and reimagined the traditional military burial honors. Even the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rewritten its official website on veteran burials to include references to urns such as:
"a United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran."
Here are some ways that dignified military funeral honors are being provided to military personnel that wish to be cremated:
1) Incorporating the United States Flag
- Where does the flag rest when there is no casket? Some funeral directors have the flag folded and resting next to the cremation urn. Alternatively, the flag may be draped over a podium or the urn itself as long as the flag does not touch the ground. Flag etiquette dictates that nothing can be placed atop of the flag (like flowers or medals).
- After a military funeral, most families need a flag case for the presented flag. Have you seen our
Eternity Urn that combines a cremation urn and flag case in one piece? Another Flag Case product we carry functions as a flag case, an urn and has an additional display compartment for medals or other mementos.
2) Recognize military service in the urn choice itself
Military families have a huge array of urn options available to them. See our related article below.
3) Additional ideas for honoring someone who served
- Present the urn in a red, white and blue urn wreath.
- Involve honor personnel by presenting the folded flag or standing by the urn.
- If there is no burial, play "Taps" at the end of a memorial service.
- Offer Eagle Cremation Jewelry or Silver Star Cremation Jewelry to family members to wear in remembrance.
- If a gun salute is incorporated, guide families to artists who use the shells for memorial jewelry or create something unique themselves like below:
Two helpful websites to share with military families:
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