New York State Funeral Directors Association

Most Americans have seen the traditional folding of the American flag, at specific events, such as funerals.

Have you ever wondered why Old Glory is folded that specific way?

Much more than just pomp and circumstance, each of the 13 folds holds special meaning.

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon help conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Air Force (ret.) Col. Joe Jackson in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, March 26, 2019. Jackson was a Medal of Honor Recipient, veteran of three wars and Air Force legend. He was award the Medal of Honor on Jan. 16, 1969 by President Lyndon B. Johnson for his selfless and heroic actions in combat. U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser.

New descriptions and refined eligibility are among important changes at Arlington National Cemetery that followed a January, 2019 decision by the Secretary of the U.S. Army.

These changes, and an overview published on the cemetery’s website, provide important guidance for veterans looking to plan their funeral services in advance.

Craftsman debarks logs at start of memorial crafting process

Editor's Note: The idea for this article came from a addition to the NYSFDA Classifieds

Cremation urns are made with a variety of materials. They’re available in brass and pewter, cultured marble and some are made of biodegradable, “earth-friendly” materials.

For Steven Parsons, the craftsmanship involved in creating such an important container is as essential as the material it’s made from.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


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