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Veterans Information
Funeral Honors
Burial Flags
Death Certificates
North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Kilmichael)
The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to
the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least
two members of the Armed Forces.

The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran.  The type of Funeral
Honors may be Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail.

At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served.  Taps may
be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version.

Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors?
  •        Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  •        Former military members 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.
  •        Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in  
  •        the line of duty.

Who is not eligible for Military Funeral Honors?
  •        Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service
  •         results in a bar to veteran's benefits.
  •        Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military
  •        service.
  •        Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of
  •        initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  •        Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

How do I establish veteran eligibility?
The preferred method is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.  If the DD Form 214
is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used.  The DD Form 214 may
be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180 and sending it to:

National Personnel Records Center(NPRC)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

The Standard Form 180 may be obtained from the National Records Center or via the following web site: http://www.
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served
honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces.  It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran's military service to his or her
country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for:

  •        A veteran who served during wartime
  •        A veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941
  •        A veteran who served after January 31, 1955
  •        A peacetime veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950
  •        Certain persons who served in the organized military forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines while in
                 service of the U.S. Armed Forces and who died on or after April 25, 1951
  •        Certain former members of the Selected Reserves

Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?
Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no
next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue
of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be
flown on patriotic holidays.

How Can You Apply?
You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You
may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.

Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?
The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen.
However, some veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.

How Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed?
The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 27-2008 provides the
correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size
and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.

For More Information Call Toll-Free at 1-800-827-1000
Funeral Honors
Burial Flags
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone
or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their
date of death.

A Government-furnished headstone or marker may be provided for eligible Veterans who died on or after
November 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone. A Government-furnished
medallion may be provided for eligible Veterans who served on or after April 6, 1917, who died prior to
November 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. Bronze niche
markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains. The style chosen must be
permitted by the officials in charge of the private cemetery where it will be placed.

When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state Veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a
headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of
kin or authorized representative.

Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a
national cemetery, state Veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery
are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

Learn more about VA Headstones, Markers and Medallions.
Death Certificates

The Office of Vital Records Registration shall furnish up to five (5) certified copies of the death certificate of any
deceased person who was an honorably discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States or who was
killed or died while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, without charge, to any person or
entity that is authorized to receive death certificates. The applicant for a copy of the death certificate must furnish
such written evidence of the deceased person's service in the Armed Forces of the United States as required by the
office. Copies of death certificates furnished under the authority under this section shall be in addition to any copies
of death certificates furnished without charge under the authority of Section §35-3-9. Miss. Code Ann., § 41-57-26.

*An eligible veteran is as follows:

(As defined by Title 38, United States Code)

A person who served on full time (federal/10 USC) active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than active duty for
training, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Those who enlisted in the military after September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned or who entered active military
service after October 16, 1981, must have completed two years of continuous active duty or, in the case of Guard and
Reserve, completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to (federal/10 USC) active duty.

Duty for the sole purpose of accession (basic training, technical training, etc) into the National Guard or Reserve or
service exclusively under 32 USC (National Guard) are not qualifying under 38USC.

An individual who died while serving on active duty, or was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or
aggravated in the line of duty while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training.

Certain members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly the Coast and Geodetic Survey) and
the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; must be verified on case by case basis.

Certain Members of the United States Merchant Marine (WWII); must be verified on case by case basis.

The situations listed above are the most common. Each individual (situation) is distinct and unique and must be verified.

Learn more at
North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery
The North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael is available for burial of eligible veterans and their

There are currently three active sections for interments:

  • In-ground Cremains - this is a single or double interment section for spouses if needed.  No vault is provided.
  • Casket Burial - Veterans and spouses are interred in this section.  Precedes in death on bottom half, succeeds in
    upper half.  If spouse is also a veteran, both are eligible for a separate burial plot.
  • Columbarium - Above ground cremain section can be single or double interment.

Important details to remember:

  • Gravesites cannot be reserved in advance
  • NMVMC must be notified for scheduling an interment service (funeral director will help with this).
  • Eligibility must be obtained prior to scheduling interment of the veteran, spouse, or dependent children.  Burial is
    based on military service, and a copy of an official military discharge document bearing an official seal is usually
    sufficient to determine eligibility.
  • Burial benefits available for the veteran include a burial plot, assistance with the committal service, grave opening
    and closing, graveliner, government headstone, and perpetual care at no cost to the veteran's family.
  • Burial benefits available for the veteran's spouse and/or dependents buried in the NMVMC include burial with the
    veteran, perpetual care, and the spouse or dependent's name and dates of birth and death inscribed on the
    veteran's headstone.

Learn more about the North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery at www.vab.ms.gov/nmsvmc.
Our staff will be happy to help with obtaining any veterans benefit to which the deceased is entitled.