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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans and giving back to those whose sacrifice and patriotism define our great nation. 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.

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes. Choosing cremation for your loved one will not affect a veteran's benefits or military honors in any way. In fact, cremated remains can be buried or inurned at a veteran's national cemetery just as you would with casketed remains. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of our staff.


Traditional Elements & Honors

Standard honor military funerals can include:

  • A military chaplain for family members.

  • Flag presentation service by the chaplain of the American Legion.

  • A final salute.

Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:

  • Depending on their rank, a three-volley salute to represent duty, honor, and country.

  • The U.S. flag to accompany the urn, and given to the next of kin following the service.

  • The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording.



Other 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. 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 site of burial or inurnment of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans interred 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 expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.



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.



Additional Resources

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

Northshore Cremation Services
Phone: (877) 745-8329
26 River Street, Madison, OH 44057


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