Memorial Ideas to Honor Veterans


Loss is always a very difficult and sad process to go through. One of the most important aspects of the grieving process is being able to honor the deceased with a memorial ceremony for friends and family. When the deceased person was a veteran, it’s extremely important to ensure they receive a ceremony that shows respect and gratitude for their service. Each memorial should be unique, but you can utilize these ideas to get the planning process started for veterans.


Celebrate Their Life 

Having a celebration of life ceremony has become more popular in recent years and it’s a great way to remember all of the wonderful things that happened during someone’s life, rather than just dwelling on their passing. A celebration of life can be included in the memorial services or done at a separate time. This should highlight all of the positive areas of their life, including their time in service. Pictures from their time during service will remind everyone of the sacrifice that was made and just how selfless they were. Other accomplishments such as marriage, children, graduations, and military service promotions should be included too. 


Create a Unique Guest Book 

A guest book at a memorial service is used to offer condolences to the family of the deceased and write messages to the deceased. For a veteran’s memorial service, the guest book can be personalized to include a military seal and other details on the cover. 


Display Their Achievements 

If the deceased won any awards or medals during their time in the service, they should be proudly displayed at the memorial service. Creating a table just to display those achievements and writing a short explanation of each item included is a great way for those attending the memorial to reflect on all of the brave and great things the deceased did during their time here. 



Include an American Flag

It’s tradition for the casket of the deceased to be covered with an American flag during memorial services. The funeral director can help you get a flag for the service and will ensure it’s treated with respect while the memorial is being set up. They can also arrange for a flag ceremony to happen during the memorial, which is a high honor for any fallen veteran.

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one who proudly served his or her country, we want to help you create a memorial service that honors them in the way they deserve. At Hamel-Lydon Chapel, we have extensive experience honoring fallen veterans and can walk you through each step of the process. It’s our job to make sure the memorial service is set up and runs flawlessly so you can focus on grieving and connecting with your loved ones during this difficult time. Contact Hamel-Lydon Chapel in Quincy today to learn more about our memorial services.

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