As part of a military funeral service, there are certain customs that should be included. By choosing a funeral director that is experienced in arranging military services, you can feel assured that tradition will be honored, and that the itinerary will be meticulously planned with costs kept under budget. Here’s a look at what is traditionally included as part of a military funeral.
Flag Folding Ceremony
The funeral director can arrange for an active military member of any branch to perform this long-standing tradition.
Playing of Taps
This solemn musical piece has been used in military services for over 150 years. Your funeral director can make plans for a service member to come to the funeral and play this piece on the bugle.
Presidential Memorial Certificate
A certificate signed by the sitting president will provide another way that gratitude will be shown for the soldier’s service.
Burial in National Cemetery
For veterans who served in Western Washington, a highly-regarded location for burial is at Tahoma National Cemetery. It is set in a beautiful location, lined by tall evergreens with Mount Rainier hovering above.
Even in situations where there are tight budgetary constraints, it’s still important that a veteran is honored in a dignified fashion. A reputable funeral director will understand this, and will make sure that a payment plan can be established that will allow you to comfortably address the financial components, while also providing a traditional military service. In addition to that, your director can coordinate with local veteran’s programs to try to arrange for some monetary assistance with the funeral.
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, Mountlake Terrace, Stanwood, Monroe, Darrington, Lake Stevens, Index, Arlington, and Marysville, Washington, the trusted name is Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives also provides funeral home services in Seattle and King County. Feel free to contact Funeral Alternatives with any questions that you might have about planning a service.