Is there a federal government office that could provide information about a US civil war/military headstone?

What is a niche marker?

Bronze niche markers are used to mark cremation niches or columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains. If the bronze niche marker will be placed in a private (not a national cemetery, state Veteran’s cemetery, or military post/base cemetery), the style chosen must be permitted by the cemetery administrators.

What is a military medallion?

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides two types of medallions, by request, to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased’s status as a Veteran or Veteran/Servicemember who is also a Medal of Honor recipient.

What is an emblem of belief?

An emblem of belief for inscription on a Government headstone or marker is an emblem or symbol that represents the sincerely held belief of the decedent that constituted a religion or the functional equivalent of religion and was believed and/or accepted as true by that individual during his or her life.

What is a bronze marker?

Bronze markers lay flat to the ground with a bronze plaque mounted on top of a granite base marker. Common type of bronze markers are rectangle in shape with a polished top standard color granite as a base.

Are military grave markers free?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.

What is the difference between a grave marker and a headstone?

Grave markers are flat bronze plaques installed on a granite stone base for the purpose of identifying the deceased. Burial headstones are upright granite monuments for the same identification purpose.

What does BSM mean on a military headstone?

In later years various honors were shown on tombstones as follows.

ACM Army Commendation Medal
BS or BSM Bronze Star Medal
CSC Conspicuous Service Cross
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
LOM Legion of Merit

Can a veteran salute at a military funeral?

Former military members not in uniform may salute. However, civilians should not salute.

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