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Arlington National Cemetery Experience: Testimonial by Michael Conrad
Our Heroes: Exceptional Veterans Funeral Services
In the heart of Northern Virginia, a region deeply connected to the military, we proudly serve the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to our nation’s service. Being one of the last locally owned and operated funeral homes in Northern Virginia near Arlington National Cemetery, our care sets us apart. Money & King Funeral Home and Cremation Services goes above and beyond all expectations to arrange and conduct ceremonies at our revered national cemeteries. We understand the profound importance of commemorating a veteran’s military service, paying tribute to their unwavering dedication and ultimate sacrifice. With our guidance and expertise, we ensure that your veteran’s legacy is properly conducted with military honors and earned benefits.
Scheduling at Arlington National Cemetery
The Reverence of Military Honors
Military honors hold a profound significance, symbolizing the respect and gratitude our nation bestows upon its heroes. Typically conducted as part of the graveside service, these honors take place prior to the interment of the casketed remains or the placement of cremated remains. At the ceremony, representatives from the veteran’s branch of service render the honors. Among them, a bugler will reverently play Taps, while two other representatives fold the flag and present it to the next of kin.
At Arlington National Cemetery, the extent of military honors bestowed upon the fallen is determined by the cemetery itself. The veteran’s rank, length of service, and awards earned during their military career shape this decision. These also determine eligibility for in-ground burial or placement in the columbaria.
The customary military honors at Arlington National Cemetery include casket bearers, a bugler, a firing party, the folding and presenting of the flag, and the presence of a military chaplain to officiate the service. Although families may choose to provide their own clergy, they must provide the contact information at the time of scheduling. In addition to the aforementioned honors, those eligible for full military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery may have the option to include the caisson, if available. For officers in the rank of colonel and above in the Army and the Marine Corps, a riderless horse may be provided, if available. General and flag officers may even receive a cannon salute, a truly awe-inspiring tribute.
The Hallowed Grounds of Veteran Cemeteries
Across the United States, the Veterans Administration operates 131 National Cemeteries, providing a final resting place of honor for our beloved heroes. In Northern Virginia, families often choose Arlington National Cemetery, Quantico National Cemetery, or Culpeper National Cemetery for interment or inurnment. However, if a family prefers a National Cemetery outside of Northern Virginia, our compassionate funeral directors will seamlessly coordinate services with the cemetery, local military resources, and, if needed, a local funeral home.
Documents Needed for Veteran Benefits
To access essential benefits and services, we kindly request that families provide us with the veteran’s most recent copy of the DD-214 or an equivalent discharge document. These documents are vital for obtaining a flag, scheduling military honors, and arranging interment in a national cemetery. If you are unable to locate these discharge documents, copies can be obtained through the National Archives at (http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/).
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