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What is VA’s policy on flag folding recitations?

The link http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1406 provides the VA policy regarding flag folding recitations. The outlines are mentioned here for your reference: “13-Fold” Ceremony, Other Scripts Approved VA’s Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, William F. Tuerk has stated, “Honoring the burial wishes of veterans is one of the highest commitments for the men and women of VA. A family may request the recitation of words to accompany the meaningful presentation of the American flag as we honor the dedication and sacrifice of their loved ones.” To ensure burial services at the 125 national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reflect the wishes of veterans and their families, VA officials have clarified the Department’s policy about recitations made while the U.S. flag is folded at the gravesite of a veteran. Traditionally, a silent folding, 21 gun salute, a presentation of the flag, and the playing of Taps are done at the funeral of a veteran. These are included in the Traditional Gravesite Military Funeral Honor Code. The clarification includes the following: A 13-Fold flag recitation and any script of similar context are to be read by only volunteer honor guards. The family must provide the reading material and make a formal request for it to be read. Volunteer honor guards will accept requests for recitations that reflect any or no religious traditions, on an equal basis. Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a national cemetery. All eligible veterans are entitled to receive a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a burial flag and a government marker (headstone) at the time of their burial, regardless of the place of their burial.

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