New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Burial Flag

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. The VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for each of the following (other than dishonorable discharged):

  • Veteran who served during wartime
  • Veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941
  • Veteran who served after January 31, 1955
  • 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

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, the VA will furnish the flag to a friend upon request. 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 to Get a Burial Flag

To apply for a burial flag from the VA, applicants must fill out a VA Form 27-2008 – Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes, which can be found on the VA website at: http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/burial_flags.asp  

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