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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and we promise to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service. An American flag flies every day at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in tribute to veterans. A special Honor and Remembrance flag is flown during the visitation and funeral of a veteran.


We can arrange for the burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota, if desired. The beautiful, well maintained cemetery is located just west of historic Fort Abraham Lincoln along the Missouri River. Any honorably discharged veteran is eligible to be buried here. The cemetery will provide the grave space, the opening and closing of the grave and placement of the veterans marker. There is no choice of where the burial is made, however. An honorable discharge paper is required and the planning for the burial can be done in advance. The veteran’s spouse and minor child are also eligible to be buried in the same grave with proper arrangements and costs. A minimum concrete outer container is required by the cemetery at the cost to the family and arranged by the funeral home.



Eligibility

Military funeral honors are free of charge and mandated by law for eligible veterans. Eligibility will be verified by the veteran’s DD-214, or discharge papers. Eligible members include:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under honorable conditions.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under honorable conditions.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.


Traditional Honors

At minimum, eligible veterans are entitled to the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps by a bugler or recording. These honors are performed by an honor guard detail that consists of at least two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative from the branch in which the veteran served, and this member will be the individual who presents the flag.

Honors also can include:

  • A three-volley rife salute to represent duty, honor, and country
  • The U.S. flag draped over the casket
  • A final salute at the gravesite


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.
  • 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, 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.
  • We complete all the necessary Veterans Administration forms for the family at the funeral home during funeral arrangements.
  • We arrange for the local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars groups to provide military honors for the deceased veteran.
  • We arrange for the North Dakota Military Honor Detail to be present  and provide honors at the service or burial.


Additional Resources

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




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