Grand Rapids:

Honoring Veterans

As Americans, we are grateful for the brave veterans who serve our country and know they deserve to be distinctively honored after their passing. At Gerst, we know that such a service may look different from family to family, and we want to be here to provide you with the information and resources you need to honor your veteran with the service they deserve.

Benefits of Veteran Services

There are many ways to honor your American hero, and many benefits come with the service of remembering a military member. These benefits are provided at no cost, and Gerst will help you with any application forms and monetary reimbursement the family is entitled to.

An American flag is provided to drape over the casket or alongside the urn at no cost

Headstone markers and medallions may be obtained from the Department of Veteran Affairs at no cost

Military families can receive the Presidential Memorial Certificate signed by our current Commander in Chief

Military funeral services can be held in public or private; veterans and their spouses may be buried at a national cemetery

Funeral Honors Service

Veteran saluting

The rendering of the Military Honors Service is free of charge to the family and mandated by the law. The presence of typically two honor guard details, who are members of military service, perform the ceremony, including the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin while playing Taps. Families of eligible veterans can request the Funeral Honors Service through the funeral home director.

Veteran Gravestone

Funeral Honors Eligibility