Veterans Overview | Hartsell Funeral Home | Albemarle NC funeral home and crematory

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The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veterans' family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.

The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran.  The type of Funeral Honors may be Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail.

At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served.  Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version. Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran/family.  

FAQs- National Cemetery Administration:

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Who is Eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • 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.

Who is Not Eligible for Military Funeral Honors?

  • Any person separated from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions or whose character of service results in a bar to veteran's benefits. 
  • Any person who was ordered to report to an induction station, but was not actually inducted into military service. 
  • Any person discharged from the Selected Reserve prior to completing one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service for reasons other than a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
  • Any person convicted of a Federal or State capital crime sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

How do I establish Veteran Eligibility?

The preferred method is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.  If the DD214 is not available, any discharge document showing other than dishonorable service can be used.  The DD Form 214 may be obtained by filling out a Standard Form 180 and sending it to:

National Personnel Records Center(NPRC)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

The Standard Form 180 may be obtained from the National Records Center or via the following web site:

County Veterans Services

Cabarrus County Veterans Services Website

363 Church Street N, Suite 180, Concord NC 28025


Stanly County Veterans Services Website

1000 N 1st St #6, Albemarle NC 28001


Mecklenburg County Veterans Services Website

3205 Freedom Dr, Suite 2000, Bldg D, Charlotte NC 28208


Union County Veterans Services Website

407 N Main St, Monroe NC 28112


Rowan County Veterans Services Website

1935 Jake Alexander Blvd W, Suite A-2, Salisbury NC 28147


Planning Your Legacy:  VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers this survivors and burial benefits kit as a source of pre-need planning information and record storage for Veterans and their families. This kit is intended to be used as a supplement to the Summary of VA Dependents’ and Survivors’ Benefits pamphlet.

Included you will find Planning for the Future, a section to guide you through possible end-of-life and survivors’ benefits eligibility. This section will tell you what benefits are offered and when and how you should apply.

For your added benefit, we have provided space for you to add your own personal information that can be kept in one location for your use, and for the use of loved ones. These sections identify the location of important documents, account numbers, military discharge documents, and marital information. 

Salisbury National Cemetery

Salisbury National Cemetery is our closest veterans cemetery, located at 501 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury NC 28144.

The cemetery is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk for visitation of cemetery grounds.  

Gravesites are assigned by the cemetery and cannot be selected in advance.  Assignments are made without regard to rank, ethnic or religious background, branch of service or other factors.

Salisbury allows for in-ground casket and cremation burials.  There is also an above-ground columbarium available for urns. 

The veteran and spouse are interred in the same grave.

The funeral home will call the National Scheduling office to schedule a burial/inurnment after faxing the DD214.

Military honors are arranged by the funeral home.

Burials are only Monday through Friday at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm.

Columbarium niche dimensions are 10" Width x 14" Tall x 19" Deep

Only 15 to 20 minutes is allotted for the service at the committal shelter, including military honors.

Cemetery staff will provide an envelope to the next-of-kin with VA marker information.

The casket cannot be opened.

Only two flowers may be left to place at the grave.

Restrooms and an electronic gravesite locator are adjacent to the administration building.  This is also a good place for everyone to gather before heading over to the committal shelter 15 minutes prior to the scheduled service time.  

Fresh-cut flowers are permitted throughout the year.  Once blooms are spent or damaged by weather, they are removed.  Artificial flowers are only allowed after October 10th and must be removed when mowing operations resume on April 15th.

To maintain the dignity of the cemetery, commemorative items, permanent plantings, balloons, pinwheels, glass items, votive lights, among other items are not allowed.  No item or object may be attached to a headstone, marker or columbarium cover in a national cemetery.


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