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Frank Hobkirk
B: 1945-09-22
D: 2017-06-17
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Hobkirk, Frank
Jean Gist
B: 1923-04-03
D: 2017-06-16
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Gist, Jean
Phoebe Mercer
B: 1980-05-05
D: 2017-06-16
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Mercer, Phoebe
Richard Smith
B: 1953-01-27
D: 2017-06-14
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Smith, Richard
Tennessee McCullough
B: 1944-04-29
D: 2017-06-14
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McCullough, Tennessee
Ilona Debreceni
B: 1941-02-23
D: 2017-06-14
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Debreceni, Ilona
Roberta Reed
B: 1932-03-03
D: 2017-06-13
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Reed, Roberta
Albert Cope, Jr.
B: 1941-07-17
D: 2017-06-10
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Cope, Jr., Albert
Frances Scott
B: 1919-11-04
D: 2017-06-09
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Scott, Frances
Michael Henderson
B: 1964-12-07
D: 2017-06-09
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Henderson, Michael
Bernell Thompson
B: 1942-12-30
D: 2017-06-09
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Thompson, Bernell
Marilyn Hollo Phillips
B: 1942-04-23
D: 2017-06-01
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Hollo Phillips, Marilyn
John Hamilton
B: 1942-04-25
D: 2017-05-31
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Hamilton, John
Leslie Lugo Tellez
B: 2017-01-02
D: 2017-05-30
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Lugo Tellez, Leslie
Harlen "Smitty" Smith
D: 2017-05-29
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Smith, Harlen "Smitty"
Sonia Zavala
B: 1972-07-18
D: 2017-05-25
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Zavala, Sonia
Nellie Clements
B: 1918-05-13
D: 2017-05-23
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Clements, Nellie
Luis Lopez
B: 1995-01-14
D: 2017-05-23
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Lopez, Luis
Humberto Barrera
B: 1996-04-17
D: 2017-05-20
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Barrera, Humberto
Veronica Villalobos
B: 1980-06-07
D: 2017-05-18
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Villalobos, Veronica
Charles Moulton
B: 1967-01-22
D: 2017-05-14
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Moulton, Charles

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Burial Flags

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 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. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.

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 Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed?

The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 21-2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.

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