Honor Our Veterans

October 11, 2018

Honor Our Veterans

 

Did you know that most Veterans are eligible to receive a marker from the U.S. Government in honor of their service to our country?  Veterans who passed prior to November 1, 1990 are eligible for a VA marker only if their grave is currently unmarked.  Veterans who passed on or after November 1, 1990 are eligible for a VA marker regardless of whether or not the grave is already marked with a privately purchased marker.  Spaces at Memory Gardens can accommodate a flat bronze marker at the head of the space and a second flat bronze marker at the foot of the space.  Veterans resting in our mausoleums and above ground features can receive a special VA medallion to honor their service instead of a flat bronze marker.

 

A copy of the Veteran’s discharge papers, the DD214, will be needed to start the application process.  This form can be obtained by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs office at (800) 827-1000 or by visiting their web site at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records  Once you have the discharge papers, please bring them to our office and we will start the application process.  It usually takes four to six weeks for the application to be processed by the VA and the marker delivered to Memory Gardens.

 

In honor of our Veterans, Memory Gardens waives the normal installation fee of $385 for this size marker.  The VA marker will need to be placed on a foundation.  We offer two types of foundations, concrete for $100 or polished granite for $150. Both of these foundations are offered at reduced rates for our Veterans.  

 

Every year before Memorial Day weekend, volunteers place American flags at each VA marker to honor the veteran and to celebrate Memorial Day.  The volunteers are mostly made up of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts doing their community service projects.  If a Veteran’s marker was missed by the volunteers, we have extra flags in our green box in front of the Office. 

 

Ask one of our Memorial Advisors about a matching VA spouse marker.

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