Tag: National Cemeteries

A Memorial Day like no other
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A Memorial Day like no other

Monday will bring Memorial Day to those of us in the United States.  It is a day like none other.  Not only does it serve as the weekend when summer begins, but it ultimately is the day all Americans should solemnly, sometime during the day, ponder and give thanks to all who were willing to serve in our country’s armed forces and be ready to give their life for the values that America stands for. Today’s holiday is born out […]

With space issues looming, Army proposes new rules for eligibility at Arlington
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With space issues looming, Army proposes new rules for eligibility at Arlington

According to this article from the Washington Post, new rules are being proposed on who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of space issues.  In the article, Karen Durham-Aguilera, the cemetery’s executive director states, “Our reality is that we are running out of space.  Without any changes in eligibility we will be full for first burials by the year 2041.  To be able to keep Arlington National Cemetery open and active well into the future. . .we’re going […]

Maine veterans’ cemetery going green
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Maine veterans’ cemetery going green

A project set to begin this fall for 554 pre-placed crypts at the Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery will also include 234 “green burial” graves that will be created.  According to this article from the Journal Times, cemetery superintendent Scott Brown commented that, “It will be the first state (veterans) cemetery in the nation to have this.”  The article went on to mention that three national veterans cemeteries are also preparing to have this option — in Colorado, New York, and […]

A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration
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A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration

Like most funeral directors, those of us at Funeral Director Daily believe it is our sacred duty to serve the military veterans of our country with honor and dignity.  Because of that fact, we wanted to make sure that all funeral directors are aware that the National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) began the conversion to the Memorial Benefits Management System (MBMS) yesterday (9/17/2019) Over the next few months all cemetery schedulers will be transitioned over to the MBMS system.  The […]

A little help for our Veterans
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A little help for our Veterans

Nothing earth shattering today, just a couple articles and information I noticed about America’s veterans and a notice from the Department of Veteran Affairs. One of the things we have written about on Funeral Director Daily is that with the growth of direct cremation there tends to be a few cremated remains that just never get picked up by family from your funeral home.  I’ve thought about this and I’ve came to the conclusion that sometimes people just don’t know […]

Tomorrow is Wreaths Across America Day
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Tomorrow is Wreaths Across America Day

One of my favorite days of December as we move into the Holiday Season is a day that I am proud to say that I am an American and a way that we all can have the chance to honor America and her hero dead.  It is Wreaths Across America day at National Cemeteries and some local cemeteries that also contribute to the honor. There is still time to volunteer to help lay the thousands of wreaths on the graves […]

A Boy Scout’s Big Plan to Honor Veterans
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A Boy Scout’s Big Plan to Honor Veterans

The vast majority of people in the United States understand the commitment and sacrifice those that serve in our country’s military give both for  their nation and for their family.  It is something that we understand, but so many times we let it go unsaid. 16 year old Eagle Scout Joshua Katz wants to do something about that unsaid, inactivity part.  For the third year in a row, Katz and his fellow Boy Scouts who are members of Troop 337 […]

President Signs Bill for Expansion of Black Hills National Cemetery
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President Signs Bill for Expansion of Black Hills National Cemetery

According to this article from the Black Hills Pioneer, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced last week that President Trump had signed the bill to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery.  The cemetery, located on the western edge of South Dakota, would be expanded from 105 acres to over 300 acres. South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem first introduced this legislation in 2015.  It did not pass both the House and Senate until earlier this year.  According to […]