“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”- The Bible in John 15:13
July in the United States includes Independence Day. To remember this special day and in the current month of July, this article will talk about the 5 different ways that veterans are honored in a veteran’s funeral process. Knowing that our veterans have sacrificed their lives for us should mean that in their journey of life and death, that we continue to honor them. So, if you’d like to know how they’re honored in the funeral process, keep reading.
5 Ways of Honoring Veterans in a Funeral Process
A veteran is not just someone who has passed away during active duty. Instead, it’s any individual with honorable discharge. Because veterans have done a lot for our country, they should be honored. Here are 5 ways that a veteran’s funeral will be different from a regular funeral. Keep in mind that these are just some ways that they’re honored. There are many different ways to honor a veteran. In this article, we’ve narrowed them down to a few prominent ways.
#1. The American Flag Will Be Folded in a Veteran’s Funeral
During a veteran’s funeral process, a flag will be folded using the traditional flag folding process. The flag will then be placed on the veteran’s casket so that the flag is over the left shoulder of the body.
Each aspect of the folding has a significant meaning. For example, the first fold celebrates life. The second fold honors our traditional belief in life-after-death, and the third fold represents all the deceased veterans.
#2. The Deceased Veteran’s Family Will Receive The Flag
A flag is presented to a family member or relative. The reason that a flag is represented to the family is to honor the family. That’s because families of veterans matter and hold a special place in the lives of their loved ones and in building our nation. So, not only the veteran will be honored, but so will their families.
#3. The Taps Will Be Played
Taps is the traditional signal played during a veteran’s funeral. If you watch movies or shows involving veterans or death in general, then you’ve probably heard the taps being played. The meaning of taps is to honor all five branches of the armed forces. This includes: The Coast Guard, the Navy, the Army, The Marine Corps, and the Air Force.
#4. There Will Be Service Members Present
Usually, during the funeral, there will be service members present. These service members may be a part of the pallbearers and overall service. They may also have special places to stand during the service.
#5. The Deceased Veteran Will Have a Veteran’s Headstone
The Department of Veteran Affairs will provide a veteran’s headstone in order to honor the veteran. These headstones are important because they also function as memorials.
These headstones may have markings with abbreviations that include the branch of the military the veteran was apart of, the war service, the speciality, and any awards the veteran had.
Make Your Veteran’s Funeral Process Special With Russon Mortuary and Crematory
The Russon Brothers can make your veteran’s funeral special. We recognize that our veterans have sacrificed a lot for us. The least that we can do for them is to provide a honorable funeral–one that they, you and your family will be proud of.
At our Mortuary and Crematory, we customize your funeral process with the deceased, yours and your family’s desires in mind. Reach out to us with any questions.