Military Appreciation

Military Appreciation MonthAs we celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May, we pause to remember the brave men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we are deeply grateful for their sacrifice and commitment to our nation.

For military families, the sacrifices are countless. Military members leave behind their families to serve their country, often in perilous and life-threatening conditions. They miss out on important milestones such as the birth of their children, birthdays, and holidays. They endure long periods of separation from their loved ones and often return home with physical or emotional scars. Continue reading Military Appreciation

Veteran Memorials

Veteran's Day In the midst of civil unrest, a pandemic, and election discord now is the perfect time to take a breather and focus on something upon which we can all agree. Military members deserve to be honored in life as well as in death. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day 2020, we want to thank everyone who has served. Foothill Funeral & Cremation proudly offers special memorial services for any veteran whose service meets the following parameters: Continue reading Veteran Memorials

Military Funeral Traditions, in Honor of Memorial Day

Military GravesMost movies with military funerals show either a 21-gun salute or the presentation of the American flag to a grieving widow. Those honors are an important part of military funerals but are hardly the only official designations designed to celebrate fallen military men and women. In honor of Memorial Day, we wanted to blog about several long-standing traditions designed to celebrate deceased service members and veterans, as well as their families.

Flags for our Fathers (& Mothers)

The associated branch of the military provides the American flag for anyone who dies on active duty. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs provide flags for other veterans. A military chaplain usually presents the flag to next-of-kin at the end of the funeral. If next of kin are unavailable, the chaplain may present the flag to the veteran’s close friend or associate upon request.Military Flag Honors

Memorial Flag Trivia: The flags that draped the caskets of the Unknown Soldiers are displayed in the Memorial Display Room of the Memorial Amphitheater.

Military Cannon SalutesMilitary Canon Salutes

Firing cannon salutes originated in the British Navy. Firing a cannon partially disarmed the ship. So, firing a cannon came to symbolize respect and trust.

Three Rifle Volleys over the Military Graves

This practice stems from the antiquated custom of halting the fighting to remove dead bodies from the battlefield. After each army cleared its dead, soldiers would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead were cared for so fighting could commence. Despite that the firing party consists of seven riflemen, firing three volleys does not constitute a 21-gun salute.Military Salute

21-Gun Salute

Personal salutes can be traced to the prevailing use of the salute in earlier days to ensure that the person who was saluting placed himself in an unarmed position. Salute-by-gunfire is an ancient ceremony. For years, the British compelled weaker nations to salute first. Eventually, international practice compelled “Gun for Gun,” all in the name of equality of nations.

Early on, seven guns was a recognized British National Salute. Those early regulations stated that, although a ship could fire only seven guns, the forts could fire (for honors) three shots to one shot afloat. In that day, powder of sodium nitrate was easier to keep on shore than at sea. In time, when the quality of gun powder improved, the sea salute equalled the shore salute — 21 guns – the highest national honor.

TapsMilitary Honors in Death

The Union Army’s Brig. Gen. Daniel composed the tune while at camp in Harrison’s Landing, Va. He wrote the call to replace the earlier “Tattoo” (lights out), which he believed was too formal. In the absence of a bugler, soldiers tapped out the replacement song. The U.S. Army call officially adopted the song in 1874.

Portions of the above were adapted from U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

About Foothill Funeral & Cremation

Military Funeral ComfortWe love helping families, however they choose to legally handle their loved one’s remains. Call us now or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Feel free to drop by our Glendora showroom. Our relationship with United Methodist Church is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or contact us via email.

Veteran’s Memorial Services

This month, as we celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4th, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who answered our nation’s call to serve. Their sacrifices embody the ideals Americans hold so dear. Because they have proven their devotion to their fellow citizens and to a grateful nation, we owe them our respect and devotion in return. At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, we are happy to offer special veteran’s memorial services.

Families trust us to take care of their veterans

We are known for our compassionate, caring and thoroughly professional staff, and have lots of experience planning military services. Whether your family chooses cremation or burial, we will be proud to take care of every related detail to make sure your service member is appropriately honored.

We are proud to honor those who served

Our professional staff takes pride in caring for veterans and their families. We consider it small our way of expressing gratitude for all that they have done. We take care of all the details involved in providing the veteran in your life, planning and hosting deeply meaningful and honoring ceremonies.

Foothill Funeral & Cremation Service can:
  • Complete applications for veterans’ benefits, including Military Honors, Presidential Memorial Certificate and veteran memorial markers or headstones.
  • Confirm and coordinate existing paid pre-plan funding benefits which may cover expenses deemed ineligible by the Veterans Administration.
  • Coordinate necessary documentation provided by family to request honors.
  • Coordinate with national and/or state veterans’ cemeteries.


Included Veteran’s Memorial Services

  • The services of an experienced, professional funeral director and support staff
  • Transfer of the deceased and professional care
  • Cremation services, if applicable
  • Use of our mortuary facilities and staff assistance for a visitation or gathering
  • Funeral or memorial ceremony
  • Use of automotive equipment
  • Online interactive memorial website
  • Additional personalization options, including specialized engraving, a moving tribute video

Veteran’s Funeral Services Eligibility

In short, the guidelines for eligibility include honorable discharge. A more detailed list of those service men and women who may apply for, and receive veterans’ burial benefits, with full military honors if they choose would include:

  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
  • Those who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
  • Discharged military members from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
  • If you have any questions about eligibility for yourself or a family member, call us at (626) 335-0615, contact the staff of one of our locations or complete an online contact form.

About Foothill Funeral & Cremation

Named San Gabriel Valley “Reader’s Choice” for 2017, Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services has a beautiful showroom and offices located at 402 West Baseline in Glendora. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. With years of experience in the mortuary industry, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.