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Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home
483 Chenango Street
Binghamton, New York 13901
Tel: 607-722-4023

Our facility is wheelchair accessible

Burial Flags


burialflagA United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces.  It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran's military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for:

  • A veteran who served during wartime
  • A veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941
  • A veteran who served after January 31, 1955
  • A peacetime veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950
  • Certain persons who served in the organized military forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines while in service of the U.S. Armed Forces and who died on or after April 25, 1951
  • Certain former members of the Selected Reserves

Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?

Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it.

How Can You Apply?

By presenting a copy of an Honorable Discharge (Form DD214) to your funeral director. The funeral director will file the appropriate form with the U.S. Post Office (VA Form 21-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes) to secure a flag for you.

Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?

The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.

How do I maintain the flag?

 You may choose to purchase a protective glass front wooden display case to preserve and display the flag. You will find a complete selection on this website.





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