Veteran Services

Honor A Veteran

We as Americans are ever grateful for the brave veterans who serve our country, and know they deserve to be distinctively honored after the time of their passing. At Gerst we know that such a service may look different from family to family, and we want to be here to provide you with the information and resources you need to honor your loved veteran with the service they deserve.

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Benefits of Veteran Services

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There are many ways to honor your American hero, and many benefits come with the service of remembering a military member.

  • An American flag is provided to drape over the casket, or alongside the urn at no cost
  • Headstone markers and medallions may be obtained from the Department of Veteran Affairs at no cost
  • Military families can receive the Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by our current Commander in Chief
  • Military services can be held either in private, or military funerals

Funeral Honors Service

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The rendering of the Military Honors service is free of charge to the family, and mandated by the law. The presence of typically two honor guard details, whom are members of military service perform the ceremony which includes the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin while playing Taps. Families of eligible veterans are able to request the Funeral Honors Service through the funeral home director.

Funeral Honors Eligibility

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  • Military members on active duty or in the selected reserve
  • Former Military members who served on active duty and departed in conditions other than dishonorable
  • Former Military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the reserves and departed in conditions other than dishonorable

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