Honoring those who have served
We truly believe that the men and women who answered our nation’s call embody the ideals Americans hold so dear. Because they have proven their devotion to their fellow citizens and to a grateful nation, we all owe them the same respect and devotion in return.
Why Do More Families Trust Us to Care for their Veteran?
We are known for our compassionate, caring, and thoroughly professional staff, and have years of experience in planning military services. Whether your family chooses cremation or burial, we will be proud to take care of all the details involved.
We are Proud to Honor Those Who Served
Without a doubt, our professional staff feels pride when we are able to care for a veteran and their family. It is our way of expressing gratitude for their service to the country.
We are committed to taking care of all the details involved in providing the veteran in your life with deeply meaningful and honoring ceremonies. Pinecrest Memorial Gardens can:
We provide a space for all Veterans at NO COST IF HONORABLY DISCHARGED.
- Complete applications for all veterans’ benefits, including Military Honors, Presidential Memorial Certificate and veteran memorial marker or headstone
- Coordinate necessary documentation provided by family to request honors
- Coordinate with national or state veterans’ cemeteries
Who is Eligible?
In short, the veteran must have been honorably discharged. A more detailed list of those service men and women who may apply for, and receive veterans' burial benefits, with full military honors if they choose would include:
- Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
- Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
- Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable
- Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, or that of a family member, call us at (931) 486-0777. If you have any questions about your eligibility or that of a family member, contact the staff of one of our locations or send us an email using our contact form.
Private or Veteran Cemetery
There are a few key differences between private cemeteries and state veteran's cemeteries. While both are wonderful options, the differences center on choice.
Polk Memorial Gardens (Private Cemetery):
- Free Cemetery Space
- Choice of Location of Space
- Option of Being Laid to Rest Near/with Other Loved Ones Service
- Time and Date of Service Options
- Military Honors
- Organization of the Service
- Graveside Attendance Permitted
- Choice of Cremation Niche or Mausoleum Entombment
- Choice of Arbors Pavilion Committal Service or Cremations or Non-Traditional Funeral Services
- Order Military Marker
- Provide Flower First Flower Arrangement Free of Charge
- Free Cemetery Space
- Does not provide choice of space
- No Choice of Time and Date for Service
- Military Honors Provided
- 15 Min Provided for Service Time
- Burial Not Able to Be Attended
- Order Military Marker
- Fallen heroes program
Fallen heroes program
Words cannot express the gratitude we owe to those who protect our American way of life. That is why we created the Fallen Heroes Program. In recognition of the exceptional commitment they have shown, we are proud to offer a free cemetery space at no cost to the loved ones of an American Veteran with any amount of service so long as they were honorably discharged.
Anyone killed in action in the Armed Forces or in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter or EMS professional is eligible for cemetery space and funeral services through Williams Funeral Home at no cost to the Fallen Hero’s family.
Retire your flag with honor program
Remember when your flag is no longer worthy of display please bring it to us. We will cremate the flag with a veteran. Your flag will honor a veteran one last time by being draped over them at the time of cremation. A fitting tribute for veterans and an appropriate way to “retire” aged flags. There is no charge for this service.
For more information on Veterans Benefits click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do Military Funeral Honors consist of?
A minimum of a two-person military service detail who provide the three core elements of the playing of Taps, the folding of the flag, and the flag presentation. Additional elements such as aircraft flyover, color guard, and rifles are subject to eligibility, availability, and approval
How can Military Funeral Honors be requested?
Families of eligible veterans may request Military Funeral Honors through their funeral director. The funeral director will contact the appropriate Military Funeral Honors coordinator to arrange for the Military Funeral Honors detail.
Does the VA pay for cremation or burial expenses?
The VA does not pay for cremation directly. Any item or service obtained from a funeral home will be at the families' expense. Some Veterans' families may be entitled to a burial allowance, which may cover some of these expenses.
What do I do if the headstone inscription is incorrect?
Contact your national cemetery administration office for assistance. If the Veteran is buried in a private cemetery, contact our Applicant Assistance Office at 1-800-697-6947.
Can VA provide burial at sea?
The VA does not provide burial at sea. If you have any questions about the Burial at Sea program, please contact the United States Navy Mortuary Affairs office toll-free at 1-866-787-0081. Or contact the Department of the Navy* for information.
For more information about veterans’ burial benefits, head over to cem.va.gov.