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Honoring Veterans

 

 

Honoring Veterans

We wish to honor the brave men and women who have served and defended our country with courage and commitment.  We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of military tributes, and we extend to all Veterans savings up to $1345.

Veteran Savings up to $1345 begining in May 2019

As a Memorial Day tribute this year, we will begin offering our American Heros the following savings exclusively from the Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory:

  • Free cemetery grave space at Meadow Green Memorial Park with the purchase of a second space (value $725)
  • $500 credit toward our exclusive Independence Veteran Casket (or a cremation casket) and our exclusive Patriot Burial Vault
  • $100 credit for a funeral luncheon at The Legacy Center
  • $20 Gift Certificate for The Remembrance Center for coldolence or remembrance items



  

 

Veteran Products

We provide a wide selection of products to help personalize a funeral service, memorial service or a celebration of life. Our knowledgable staff will help guide you through your options and select necessary merchandise to complete a custom service.  From stationary products and tribute DVDs, to casket cap panels and urns, we will ensure your loved one receives the service elements he or she deserves.

 

      

Traditional Elements & Honors

We can provide or arrange for any of the following standard military funeral honors:

  • The US flag draped over the casket, and given to the next of kin following the service.
  • A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party consisting of an odd number of 3-7 service members.
  • The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording.
  • A Final Salute at the gravesite.

Upon request, our staff will coordinate the receiving of the US flag, as well as scheduling the honor guard to be present for services. A copy of the veteran's discharge paperwork (DD-214) will be necessary. (Our local honor guard does request a separate fee).

If burial was to take place in a national cemetery, full honor military funerals may be available include all standard honors in addition to the following:

  • A riderless horse, symbolic of a fallen leader, follows the limbers and caissons for commanding officers of O-6 (Colonel/Captain) and above.
  • Depending on their rank, general officers and flag officers receive an 11- to 17-gun salute.
  • A military band and an escort platoon participate.


Unique Elements & Honors from Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory

In addition to the traditional honors available, we offer the following exclusive honors to the families we serve:

  • Service medallions on the funeral coach.
  • Our 1952 Willys MB38 Jeep used by the US military during the Korean War included in your procession to the cemetery.

 

For those families choosing to utilize Meadow Green Memorial Park, we provide a special honorary flag display upon arrival as a tribute to a Veteran's service. This tribute is exclusive to the Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory.


Many families choose to be interred at an independent cemetery that is not operated by the government.  Why Veterans and their families choose Meadow Green Memorial Park:

  • Buried near family members and loved ones
  • Oportunity to select space location
  • Able to be present at gravesite during burial
  • Options for final resting places of cremated remains for Veteran or family members
  • Choice of service time and date
  • Options for mausoleum entombment
  • Receive a free grave space with the purchase of a second space

Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate: This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the President.
  • Headstones or markers: The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, or military cemeteries.
  • Flag case and bronze medallion flag staff: These can be received by visiting our local VA office.
  • Memorial plots: If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
  • Burial in a VA national cemetery: This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
  • Reimbursement of burial expenses: For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.


Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:

  

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.  They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."

-President Harry S Truman



 

Sandusky Chapel
(419) 626-3632
1607 East Perkins Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870

Milan Chapel
(419) 626-3632
1 Main Street South
Milan, OH 44846

Huron Chapel
(419) 433-5231
2602 Bogart Road
Huron, OH 44839

Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery
(419) 433-5231
2602 Bogart Road
Huron, OH 44839

Groff Pet Loss Services
(419) 433-4300
2602 Bogart Road
Huron, OH 44839

The Remembrance Center
(419) 626-2228
1522 E Perkins Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

The Legacy Center - Rental Facility
(419) 626-2228
1522 E Perkins Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870


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