New York State Funeral Directors Association

Image from a remembrance ceremony held in honor of National MIA/POW Recognition Day at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 21, 2017. Photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks, 509th Bomb Wing, Public Affairs, Whiteman Air Force Base.

A watchtower looms over the silhouette of a war prisoner on the flag that’s become a symbol for the day this flag joins the American Flag on the third Friday of September.

POW/MIA Recognition Day, observed in the U.S. Since 1979, serves to remember American service members held captive, missing and whose fate is unknown.

Government buildings will fly the flag while others visit cemeteries of those once missing, but later identified, brought home and laid to rest.

Timber clad walls and floor create a warm and comfortable atmosphere to gather with friends and family after a funeral service. Design by HofmanDujardin, image rendering by VERO Visuals.

People gather, they hold a ceremony, and then they meet up to talk about the ceremony and its focus – the loved one who has died.

It’s a simplified description of a funeral, but a useful one when thinking about the space needed for a funeral to take place.

The architectural firm Hofman-Dujardin of the Netherlands recently announced renderings of a new design of a “Funeral Centre” for modern times.

It’s a design that requires only three rooms.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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