A Veteran's Funeral
Honoring those who served, is one of our highest callings. At Steuerle Funeral Home, we assist each veteran’s family in coordinating the benefits to which their loved one is entitled.
In order for us to assist in securing these benefits, we must determine eligibility. The preferred method for verifying eligibility is the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, often called the DD Form 214. If the DD Form 214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used. If you cannot locate the DD Form 214, a replacement may be obtained by requesting it online from the National Archives.
THE AMERICAN FLAG
We will obtain for the deceased an American flag as part of our service. The flag will be displayed at the visitation and service. It may be folded to display or drape the casket.
Military honors for all eligible veterans consists of a minimum of two members of the armed services. The honor detail will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps at the conclusion of services. Although this ceremony usually takes place as part of the cemetery committal service, we can arrange for the honor detail to perform this ceremony at other locations as well.
PRESIDENTIAL MEMORIAL CERTIFICATE
The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription 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 honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives, and friends. We will contact the VA regional office and complete the application for a Presidential Memorial Certificate on behalf of the veteran’s family.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN NATIONAL CEMETERY
On October 3, 1999, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. When fully developed, this 982-acre cemetery will provide 400,000 burial spaces. In addition, there are four committal service shelters, a memorial walkway that commemorates soldiers of the 20th century, and a public information center with a kiosk grave locator. Veterans, their spouse and dependent children are eligible for burial and outer burial container free of cost at Abraham Lincoln. We will arrange for burial services at the National Cemetery.
HEADSTONES AND MARKERS
The VA provides headstones and markers for the unmarked graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran, or military cemeteries. Flat bronze, flat granite, flat marble, upright granite, and upright marble types are available to mark the grave in a style consistent with the place of burial. Niche markers also are available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains. Headstones and markers are inscribed with the name of the deceased, the years of birth and death, and branch of service. Optional items that also may be inscribed at VA expense are: military grade, rank, or rate; war service, such as World War II; months and days of birth and death; an emblem reflecting one’s beliefs; valor awards; and the Purple Heart. Additional items may be inscribed at private expense. We will assist you in selecting a veteran’s marker if you desire one.