New York State Funeral Directors Association

Produced by: Vietnam Veterans of America - New York State Council and The New York State Tribute Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc.

One of the more difficult tasks a survivor may face after the death of a beloved Veteran is identifying, securing and completing the numerous claim forms to obtain VA survivors' benefits. The anxiety and fear of the unknown — who to call, what to do, or where to go for help — can be a daunting experience.

Our country's flag, affectionately called "Old Glory," is honored during the month of June.

According to the Library of Congress' Web site, John Adams described the new nation's flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on June 14, 1777.

He said: "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."

The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 caused many of us to become more aware of our flag as a symbol of our country, and the valor and service given to it by victims of the terrorist attacks, and the many war veterans who have gone before them. The flag as a symbol has its roots in the dawn of time when a person or tribe displayed a special object or totem which would distinguish them from others.

We honor those members of the armed services who died for their country.

Thousands of survivors will visit Arlington National Cemetery and other grave sites around the country to remember loved ones who perished in the line of duty. But for some, there will be no grave side ceremonies.

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