Planning a memorial or funeral service can be extremely difficult. Putting together an event for yourself or a loved one after a death can bring forth many feelings, including sadness, love, and compassion. This is especially true when you’re planning a memorial service for a veteran. Veterans deserve special honors and traditions during their funeral service. How can you prepare a memorial that honors this person and the lifelong service your veteran offered on others’ behalf? Below are a few suggestions for preparing a memorial for a veteran.
● Have a guest book – Guest books are a tradition for many funeral services, but a special military book is a unique way to remember a veteran’s legacy. In this type of guest book, service attendees can write condolences and well-wishes to the family.
● Create a tribute video – Tribute videos are a lasting way to remember a veteran. Families can create commemorative videos that show old film of their veteran, both from later in life and from their younger days. Video clips from family or other service members they may have been deployed with are usually included in a tribute video, making it a lovely way to recount a veteran’s life and share memories their loved ones have had with them.
● Plan a celebration of life – Funerals come in all different shapes and sizes, and celebrations of life are gaining popularity. These ceremonies are a great way to honor a life well-lived and remember how special this person was. Celebrations of life can be especially moving when the other service members are able to provide memories from spent during a deployment.
● Military displays – Whether or not your loved one is being buried with full military honors, displaying their medals, photos, uniforms, and other achievements for their time in service is a wonderful way to commemorate a veteran. You may want to consider a display table during visitation periods or the presentation of an American flag during the service. There are many ways you can be creative in incorporating a veteran’s service to our country during their memorial.
Planning a funeral or memorial service for a veteran does not have to be hard. The possibilities are endless in ways you can honor someone who has served others throughout their life. Contact us today if you need assistance in putting together a service for a veteran. Our compassionate funeral directors will help you plan the service a veteran deserves.