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Salute to Freedom Task Force Announces 2019 Veteran's Day Events

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Veteran's Day is Monday, November 11, 2019.  Our Salute to Freedom Task Force is launching preparations for the events that will help our community lend support to our nation's men & women who are serving and have served in military duty.  The day will feature the Annual Pope County - Russellville Veteran's Day Parade which is one of the largest in the state of Arkansas.  Over 50 entries, including the marching bands of Arkansas Tech University, Russellville High School and Russellville Junior High School, will parade through downtown Main Street.  Other activities and events of the day are in formulation and will be announced soon.  For parade entry information, call 479-968-4411.

Veterans Headstones

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.   For eligible veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, VA may also provide a headstone or marker for graves that are already marked with a private headstone or marker. When the grave is already marked, applicants will have the option to apply for either a traditional headstone or marker, or a new device (available spring 2009).  

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. The style chosen must be consistent with existing monuments at the place of burial. Niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains.

When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin or authorized representative.

Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

Important Notice - New Law Concerning Eligibility for Headstones and Markers

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