When commemorating a service member, there are particular traditions that should be followed. If you need a funeral planned for someone who served, it'll be best to work with a funeral director who offers expertise in arranging such events. Here's a look at five important components of a military service.
Burial in a National Cemetery
For veterans in the Puget Sound region, a dignified resting place is Tahoma National Cemetery, which sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier.
Live Rendition of Taps
Taps was first officially recognized by the U.S. Army in 1874, and it is still an important component of a military funeral. The funeral director can arrange for a military bugler to come to the service and perform this hallowed work of music.
Ceremonial Flag Folding
As part of this customary ceremony, the funeral director can make plans for an active service member to come to the funeral and perform this honorable display.
Presidential Memorial Certificate
An engraved certificate that is signed by the sitting president is another important customary form of commemoration. This tradition was started in 1962 by President Kenneddy and has been continued by every president since.
In the event that the budget is especially tight, your funeral director will strive to make sure that your dearly departed veteran will still be commemorated with great honor. Payment plans can be arranged that make the funeral's financial aspects easier to fit into a monthly budget. Your funeral director will also he happy to try to arrange for financial assistance from local veteran's programs.
If you're looking for assistance with a military service, be sure to get in touch with a reputable funeral director. For a funeral home in Everett, Lynwood, Granite Falls, Monroe, Edmonds, Bothell, Tulalip, and Marysville, WA, the trusted name is Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives also provides funeral home services in Seattle, Bellevue, and King County. Feel free to contact Funeral Alternatives with any questions that you might have about planning a military service.