Veteran Burials – What You Need to Know

It’s the time of year when all Americans honor and remember our fallen heroes who served our country. If there’s anything we know about West Texas families, it’s how patriotic they are! But for the family members and friends of these U.S. veterans, Memorial Day is especially meaningful. What once originated as Decoration Day, Memorial Day renews appreciation and spirit for American veterans who have died on the battlefield, and tradition holds that we decorate cemeteries and gravesites of veterans with flowers and American flags to honor their sacrifice. We invite you to come to our Memorial Day ceremony at Trinity Memorial Park on Monday, May 29th at 2:00 PM.

At Nalley-Pickle & Welch, we make honoring our veterans a priority, and we wish to help you plan a respectful funeral. We want our veterans and their family members to know when it comes to memorializing a soldier’s life, he or she deserves only the best.

 Most veterans know they can be buried in one of the 135 national cemeteries, with available space. In order to prepare, presenting your discharge papers are a very important part of establishing your eligibility in these cemeteries. However, many people want to be buried close to their family and friends in their hometown in a private cemetery, like our own Trinity Memorial Park. For those veterans with loved ones in Big Spring and Midland, we have several locations with qualified staff ready to plan a respectful military service for our local heroes.

During a military funeral service, military men and women will honor the veteran with a burial flag and Presidential Memorial Certificate. The burial flag is generally given to next of kin. The U.S. government will provide the headstone or marker, and some veterans are even entitled to burial allowances, meaning partial reimbursement of an eligible veteran’s burial and funeral costs.

An important step in planning a veteran’s funeral is choosing the best way to pay tribute to your loved one’s life. At Nalley-Pickle & Welch, we offer many special touches to help you personalize the service, such as remembrance keepsakes, picture boards, limousine service, receptions, and more. If you choose to hold a reception at either The Welch Reception Center or The Branch, we also offer catering for small or large groups.

We can help you through all these steps and find out exactly what you are entitled to while planning a funeral for a veteran. We work with these wonderful families often and know the process well. For more information, you can go to, or call our funeral home at any time.