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:
- Military members on Active Duty
- Members of the Selected Reserve
- Those who served on active duty 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.
Families trust us to take care of their veterans because of our compassionate, caring, and thoroughly professional staff. We have years of collective experience planning military services. So, whether your family chooses cremation or burial, we will manage every related detail to guarantee your loved one is appropriately honored.
Included Veteran Memorial Services
- Cremation services, if applicable
- Funeral or memorial ceremony
- An online interactive memorial website
- Personalization options, including specialized engraving, a moving tribute video
- The services of an experienced, professional funeral director and support staff
- Transfer of the deceased and professional care
- Use of automotive equipment
- Use of our mortuary facilities and staff assistance for a visitation or gathering
We also offer the following services for every veteran:
- 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 the family to request honors.
- Work with national and/or state veterans’ cemeteries.
COVID-19 & Military Veteran’s Memorial Policy
Despite the pandemic, all Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) national cemeteries remain open. What’s more, they continue to provide interment for Veterans and eligible individuals during this health crisis. Therefore, committal services, which were discontinued on March 23, resumed at all NCA cemeteries in June. VA national cemeteries have been contacting families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services for their loved ones.
The National Cemetery Administration developed robust measures that allow us to conduct committal and memorial services while protecting the health and safety of Veterans, their families, and our team members who serve them. So, VA national cemeteries continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
COVID-19 Changes to Military Services
- Number of Attendees
Families must abide by cemetery limits on the number of individuals attending the committal service. The number of attendees permitted at committal service varies based on state and local guidelines. The number permitted to attend will always be at least 10. Cemetery team members, funeral home personnel, and military honors providers do not count toward the limited number of attendees.
- Wear Face Masks
Finally, all family members, attendees, funeral home personnel, military honor providers, and cemetery staff must wear a face mask.
- Social Distancing
Maintain at least six feet between individuals. Thus, people living in the same household do not need to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.
- Stay Home if you are Sick
Therefore, individuals who are sick or not feeling well should not attend the service.
For more information about military honors for funerals and memorial services at Foothill Funeral & Cremation, contact us today. We will be happy to walk you through the process of honoring your veteran who has passed. (626) 335-0615.
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, California
When someone you love dies, whether or not they had Alzheimer’s, we will do our best to make sure your loved ones can mourn your loss in a safe manner. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with the United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart (which currently allows a maximum of 65 people) provides great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate settings in both locations.