A 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 a family member after it's use during the funeral service. When there is no family, the flag may be presented to a close friend.
How Can You Apply?
By presenting a copy of an Honorable Discharge (Form DD214) to our funeral home staff. The funeral home will file the appropriate form with the U.S. Post Office (VA Form 27-2008, 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?
The Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home will provide a wooden flag case display case at no charge to each family we serve as a gift from the funeral home in recognition of your loved one's service to our country.