There is NO CHARGE for interment in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. A gravesite or niche, opening and closing of the gravesite or niche, an upright granite headstone or granite niche marker with authorized inscription(s), concrete vault (grave liner) for most casketed remains, use of Committal Shelter and/or Visitors Center, and perpetual care are provided at no expense to the next-of-kin.
A grave liner (vault, crypt) is a concrete container within a gravesite in which the casket is placed. It is provided at no cost, except in conventional gravesite areas, and is used to reduce the amount of grave sinkage subsequent to interment. Grave liners are neither sealed nor watertight.
Cremated remains are buried or inurned in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
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 United States Armed Forces. It is normally furnished through a funeral services provider to honor the memory of a veteran.
Eligibility for Former Members of Selected Reserve was added by Section 571 of Public Law 105-261.
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 flag may be provided to a friend making a request for it. Families may wish to donate the burial flag to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado to be flown on patriotic holidays.
Application for a burial flag may be made by completing VA Form 21-2008 (90-2008), Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. Flags may be obtained at any VA regional office or United States Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help with this. Upon request, Cemetery staff can assist with an application as well.
The law allows only one flag to be issued for a veteran
Presidential Memorial Certificate
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold embossed paper certificate inscribed with the veteran's name and signed by the President commemorating the veteran's service.
FAX: The request and all supporting documents should be faxed to (202) 565-8054.
MAIL: The request and all supporting documents should be sent to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration (402E12)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420-0001
Cemetery staff can assist with this process upon request.
Honoring Those Who Served
The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing active duty military funeral honors. The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado staff will assist, upon request, with arrangements.
On January 1, 2000, the DOD began the implementation plan for Providing military funeral honors for eligible veterans as enacted in Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2000.
At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, funeral honors may be provided by the veteran's service branch (active duty) or the Colorado Army National Guard and/or the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard.
Questions or comments concerning funeral honors program may be directed to:
Military Funeral Honors
9504 IH-35 North, Suite 320
San Antonio, TX 78233-6635
or the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado at 970-263-8986.