Veterans

Proudly serving those who have served

Historical figures, veterans and community leaders have all been laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

There are veterans of the Spanish American War in the veterans area.

We have the largest Civil War section in the entire Midwest. Our American Legion Veterans Section 17 has veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars. Soldiers Field is a Veterans National Cemetery, in our cemetery.

At Forest Lawn Cemetery, we go above and beyond for the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom. We offer custom military headstones, flags, burial allowances, funerals with military honors, and financial contributions to honorably discharged veterans.

We work diligently to ensure veterans and their families receive all the benefits deserved.

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At Forest Lawn, we handle veteran details for you. We provide all options so you can make an informed decision, in an atmosphere as positive as possible.

Who is eligible?

Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.

Veterans preplanning book

Veterans Planning Guide

Contact us to receive Forest Lawn’s Veterans Planning Guide – free!

 

How do I make advance arrangements with Forest Lawn?

Send a copy of your discharge papers (DD214) that we will keep in our permanent files. Call to request your complimentary Veterans planning guide.

What are veterans honor services?

Retired Military
Military honors are available to all veterans regardless of rank or location of burial. If you are retired military with 20 years or more of service, we will call and request an active duty honor guard from your branch of service. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding and presentation to next of kin, rifle salute and the playing of TAPS.

Honorably Discharged Veterans with less than 20 years
Currently, we call volunteer, local veterans groups for Military Honors requests. Typically these are retired veterans with incredible service histories. The ceremony will consist of a Chaplain to speak, flag folding, presentation and the playing of TAPS. Rifle Salute is not regulation but is often offered. Payment is not required but these groups accept donations.

Options for Veterans Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery Includes:

  • Complimentary gravesite (up to $2,000)
  • Discounted opening and closing of the grave
  • Graveside committal
  • Variety of personalized burial options
  • A Government headstone, marker, or medallion
  • Perpetual care at no cost to the family
  • Family estate options
  • Year round floral placement

Veterans Square

Soldiers Field is a veteran’s national cemetery that is located within Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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