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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free of charge and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility will be verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members include:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under honorable conditions.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.



Traditional Honors

At minimum, eligible veterans are entitled to the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that consists of at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member will be the individual who presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • A three-volley rifle salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A final salute at the gravesite



Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, 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.
  • 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.



Partnership in the Community

We, the staff at Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., know that honoring our veterans and those that served doesn’t just apply to the one that have lost their lives. By partnering with local organizations, like the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard and “Our Community Salutes”, we are able to bring recognition to those that are entering the line of duty, still defending our country, and those that have served their time.

  • On Flag Day, June 14, every year, we celebrate a Flag Retirement Ceremony in the Bandstand Park with the help of the B.P.O.E. Elks #110, the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard, and the Scouts of America. We do this to showcase to the community and to bring awareness to the meaning of our Nation’s symbol, the American Flag, and how to properly retire them.
  • “Our Community Salutes”, held during the weekend before Memorial Day, is a national, non-profit organization helping communities recognize, honor and support high school seniors who plan to enlist into the U.S. Armed Services after graduation. For more information, please visit https://www.ourcommunitysalutes.org/.

 

 

Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:



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Phone: (814) 437-3048
1315 Chestnut St., Franklin, PA 16323


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