Presidential Memorial Certificates

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Presidential Memorial Certificates


A  presidential memorial certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate signed by the current president honoring the memory of honorably discharged veterans initiated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. A veteran who has received a military discharge that the VA doesn’t consider dishonorable is eligible for the PMC.

A request for a PMC can be made by the next of kin, a family member, a loved one, or a friend of a qualifying veteran from the VA. Mulle certificates can be authorized. There is no time restriction for making a request.

Receiving a burial flag

A United States flag is provided by the VA free of charge to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased eligible veteran (“Eligibility for Military Burials”). It is furnished to commemorate the memory of a veteran’s military service.

The next of kin—or a friend who requests the flag in lieu of kin—is awarded the flag as a keepsake after the funeral service (“Final Salute with Military Funeral Honors”).

Memorial flags are irreplaceable if lost, damaged, or stolen and the law allocates only one burial flag to be furnished at government expense.

A special flag case is used to display the flag in most cases that are available in military surplus stores or online.

It is not recommended to fly the memorial flag on a flagpole due to its size and fabric, which can be quickly damaged by inclement weather.

1 Comment
  • Ostella D. Hunter-Smith
    Posted at 20:59h, 30 August Reply

    Good Day All:
    My husband passed away on May 12th, 2017 at the North Texas VA Hospital in the Hospice Care Unit… He served our nation honorably in Vietnam from October 1967 through January 1970. During his 2nd tour of duty, he was severely wounded, lived in that environment of Agent Orange spraying and was medically retired. He received an Honorable Discharge, a Purple Heart and was medically retired. He is eligible to receive the Presidential Memorial Certificate. However, since we are African Americans and the current President has such well known disdain for us, I need to know if his PMC is able to be signed by the current Vice President Mike Pence OR simply not signed at all. Please, advise.

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