521 East Main Street | Niles, MI | 49120
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.
Director of Veterans Relations
Brown Funeral Home is pleased to have American Legion Post 51, Chaplain and Army veteran, Larry Thompson available to the families we serve. His primary responsibility will be community outreach, he will also assist the staff and veteran families as a liaison to ensure that all of their needs are met. In addition, Larry will be overseeing our new flag retirement program.
Flag Retirement Program
Our program is designed to honor our national heroes, our military veterans, and to give dignity to our American Flag when it is no longer worthy of display.
At Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, we work with the only locally owned and operated crematory. For those veteran families whose final disposition includes cremation, it is our desire that the casket or cremation receptacle of every United States Veteran be draped with the United States Flag as the last deed of service. We are working in conjunction with American Legion Post 51 in Buchanan and American Legion Post 26 in Niles, to ensure that each veteran being cremated has a flag. It is important to note that there is no charge for this service to our veterans.
If you would like to honor a deceased veteran by donating an aged or worn flag to be properly disposed of, you may do so by delivering flags to the funeral home or by placing them in the flag drop box located in front of Brown Funeral Home.
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
... should never be in the dark
... should not be used for any decoration in general
... should not be used for any advertising purposes
... should not be used as part of a costume, except as part of a military, fireman or police officers uniform
... should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, etc. placed or attached onto it
... should never touch the ground when lowered and should be received into waiting hands and arms
... should be folded appropriately when stored
... when no longer fit to serve, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner
According to the United States code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Subsection 8: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
Traditional Elements & Honors
Standard honor military funerals can include:
- A military chaplain for family members
- The US flag draped over the casket, and given to the next of kin following the service
- A ceremonial guard serving as pallbearers
- A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party, performed by American Legion Post 51, Buchanan
- The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording
- A Final Salute at the grave site
In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US 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.
Looking for more information on Veterans? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the answers you are looking for. From Headstones Markers & Medallions to Burial Allowance & even forms, you can find this resourceful information on their website at: http://www.va.gov/
Here are a few links to get you started: