Resting Place and Funeral Services
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial offers a variety of options for honoring and memorializing your loved ones. You do not have to be a veteran to use our grounds or services. Due to limited space, we require all those wishing to rest here be cremated.
Before making any decisions, you may wish to talk through your options. We will gladly meet with you and/or other family representatives to discuss which of our services are best for your situation. The meeting will cover our contract agreements as well as pricing.
Some of our resting places require remains to be housed in a specifically sized urn. The urn must be purchased directly from Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial. If you already have an urn, we can help with the transference of ashes.
Tombs that require an MNVM urn
• Honor Flag Memorial Knee Wall*
• Belowground Urn Cluster
• Urn Garden
You may also have an MNVM urn entombed in a memorial bench on our campus. Each bench can accommodate up to four urns. The initial entombment requires the purchase of the bench, while following entombments require the purchase of space at a lesser fee.
*Only Veterans and veteran spouses are allowed to be buried in the Honor Flag Memorial Knee Wall.
A funeral service is not required for any of the above options.
We strive to create memorable, comforting and intimate experiences. During an initial arrangement conference, we’ll go through different funeral services and decide together what would best suit you or your loved one.
Wakes and visitations
These events occur prior to interment. Family and friends of the deceased are invited to gather in the Chapel to pay final respects, and the deceased’s ashes will be present in an urn on a Chapel table. We can work with you to arrange appropriate religious practices or prayer services if you would like them.
Services in the Chapel
This selection lasts about an hour. During the service, the urn will be transported to its final resting place and entombed. There will also be a closing ceremony to give the event an air of finality.
You can upgrade this option by involving a member of the clergy to help coordinate the service.
Funeral escort and ceremony at America’s Wall
This is what we recommend for veterans, especially those who served in active duty. Services during this ceremony can be personalized to best represent you or your loved one.
Following the service, loved ones may want a place to gather and remember the deceased. We can prepare the event room for a private meal or refreshments. This is ideal for those who may not want to worry about driving after services.
The color guard transports the urn and folded flag from the Chapel to the apex of the Wall, leading service guests. A member of the clergy welcomes everyone and reads the eulogy. The color guard performs a rifle firing ceremony followed by a playing of taps over the speaker system. The color guard presents an American flag to a family representative, and then the urn is placed at the base of the Honor Flag Memorial, where the color guard or a family member may perform the interment. The color guard gives a flag salute and marches to the Chapel for dismissal. The clergy member announces the end of the service and thanks everyone for coming.
We understand that everyone is unique and remembrance needs vary. To help you create the ideal dignified funeral service, we have several items you can add to personalize the event.
We also offer options for extending the memory of your loved one.