Honoring Veterans

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At Alliance Funeral Home & Cremation Center, we're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans and giving back to those whose sacrifice and patriotism define our great nation.

Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes.

Traditional Elements & Honors

Standard honor military funerals can include:

  • Flag Presentation Service by the Honor Guard
  • A Final Salute at the gravesite

Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:

  • Depending on their rank, a 21-gun salute
  • The US flag draped over the casket and given to the next of kin following the service
  • The playing of "Taps" by a lone bugler or an audio recording


Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate
    This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.

  • Headstones or Markers
    The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.

  • Memorial Plots
    If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.

  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery
    This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box and perpetual care.

  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
    For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.


Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:


  • Basic services of funeral director and staff
  • Consultation with the family or responsible party
  • Coordination with the cemetery
  • Obtaining all necessary legal permits and authorizations
  • Filing Kentucky death certificate
  • Notify Social Security Administration of the death
  • Notify Veterans Administration for possible benefits
  • Accompany decedent to the funeral home from place of death
  • Normal embalming
  • Bathing, dressing, cosmetizing and placement in the casket
  • 20-gauge metal non-gasketed casket
  • Outer burial container (concrete box)—deduct $795 if buried at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North
  • Two-hour visitation at the funeral home (9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday)
  • Funeral service (same day as the visitation) at the funeral home
  • Hearse to the cemetery
  • Flag with Honorable Discharge Paper (DD214)
  • Honor Guard (two people) with Honorable Discharge Paper (DD214)
  • Case for empty shells (if 21-gun salute is done)
  • American Flag Register Book
  • Memorial folders or prayer cards (50)
  • Casket spray (NOT INCLUDED)
  • Obituary notice on our website

These prices are effective as of Oct. 15, 2022, but thereafter subject to change without notice.


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