Military Honors Program

“And when we go back to the sea whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came”   -JFK

For eligible service men and women, Eternal Reefs, Inc., will arrange for their honors to be presented the day of the viewing. Military honors can only be presented to each service person one time and to determine eligibility, Eternal Reefs must receive a legible copy of the deceased’s DD-214 discharge papers at the time the Memorial Reef is cast. This will give us the opportunity to work with the local Veterans Administration to arrange the honors.

Honors will be presented during the Memorial Reef viewing ceremony. The Honor Guard will arrive as well as members from the deceased’s branch of service. Flags will be folded onto the Memorial Reefs and the family will be given time with the memorial. As the presentation begins, the Honor Guard will approach, and Taps will be played. At the conclusion of Taps, the Honor Guard will fold the flag, present it to the family, and march off, concluding the presentation.

We frequently have more than one person receiving honors and this process is repeated until all eligible service men and women have been honored.

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United States Veterans, their surviving spouse, and children may be eligible for certain benefits. The websites listed below are excellent online resources for families to research potential benefits and their eligibility.


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