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Request a Burial Flag to Honor a Veteran or Reservist

We provide a United States flag to drape on a casket (or coffin) or place with an urn in honor of the military service of a Veteran or Reservist. Find out how to apply for this burial honor.

Can I get a burial flag?

You can get a burial flag if you’re the next of kin or a close friend of the Veteran or Reservist and any one of the descriptions below is true for that person.

One of these must describe the service of the Veteran or Reservist. They:

  • Served in wartime, or
  • Died while serving on active duty after May 27, 1941, or
  • Served after January 31, 1955, or
  • Served in peacetime and left military service before June 27, 1950, after serving at least 1 enlistment, or because of a disability that was caused—or made worse—by their active military service, or
  • Served in the Selected Reserves (in certain cases) or served in the military forces of the Philippines while in service of the United States. For more information on either of these situations, call 1-800-827-1000, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (ET).

How do I get a burial flag to honor a Veteran or Reservist?

To get a burial flag, fill out the Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes (VA Form 27-2008).
Download VA Form 27-2008.

Bring the application form to:

  • A funeral director, or
  • A VA regional benefit office, or
  • A United States post office. Call ahead to make sure your local post office has burial flags.

How do I display and care for the flag?

To protect the flag from weather damage, don’t leave it outside for long periods of time.
Find out how to display and fold the flag.

The Veteran’s family can also donate the flag to a national cemetery that has an Avenue of Flags so that it can be flown on patriotic holidays.

We can’t replace flags that are lost, destroyed, or stolen, but some Veterans organizations may be able to help if something happens to the flag we gave you.