Just a short walk down the road from West Suburban Funeral Home and Cremation Services is the Holy Trinity Parish. Holy Trinity Church and Parish located at 111 S. Cass Avenue in Westmont Illinois was founded as a mission on Christmas Day 1923. (more…)
Veteran Funeral Services at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, located at 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421 is about 1 hours drive southwest of Chicago and offers Veteran Funeral Services. The grounds include approximately 982 acres of beautiful landscape dedicated in 1999 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. The cemetery will provide 400,000 burial spaces when completed. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is located on the grounds of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant site, also known as the Joliet Arsenal. The cemetery is named after President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemetery system. In 2015 the first American federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans was dedicated at the cemetery.
In 2003 the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery inaugurated an all-volunteer Memorial Squad to assist in military honors and veteran funeral services. Frequently, the melodic sound of live Taps can be heard echoing throughout the cemetery grounds, otherwise, electronic Taps are available at three committal shelters. The DOD program, “Honoring Those Who Served,” calls for funeral directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family. When requested, a detail consisting of at least two uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran’s branch of service provide folding and presentation of the U.S. flag and can also play Taps, either by a high-quality recording or a bugler.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit https://www.cem.va.gov/CEMs/nchp/abrahamlincoln.asp.
West Suburban Funeral Home is located in the heart of Downtown Westmont. Funeral Service visitors can reach Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery from West Suburban Funeral Home easily via car by making a left out of the parking lot and traveling south on Cass Avenue towards Darien to I-55 South. Take I-55 south to County Highway 44 in Wilmington Township. Take the exit 241 from I-55 south and get on Co Hwy 44 for about 4 miles to Illinois 53 North. Turn LEFT onto IL-53 N and take 53 north about another 5 miles to W Hoff Road. Continue straight on to Abraham Lincoln Blvd where the destination will be on your right.
For more information regarding funeral services or for assistance making arrangements for a Veteran Funeral Services, visit www.westsuburbanfh.com/about or call us today.
Searching for the right Funeral Service provider can be difficult. People choose West Suburban Funeral home for many reasons from its centralized and convenient to access location as well as the thoughtful and accommodating service they provide. Family owned and operated, The Cappetta family takes an immense amount of pride in making sure that every customer has the information and support they need while making their funeral arrangements while striving to be the best funeral home in Westmont.
Veterans Burials and Allowances Written by Tony Cappetta
Often families are unaware of the burial benefits available to veterans at the time of their death. At West Suburban Funeral Home, we prepare and file all of the necessary documents needed to obtain the reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We also obtain a flag for each veteran, arrange for military honors at the location of the veteran’s funeral services, obtain a Presidential Memorial Certificate for the family of the veteran and obtain a government medallion for placement on a grave marker in a private cemetery. In addition we can arrange for the burial of a veteran or spouse in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Rock Island National Cemetery or Wood Memorial Cemetery in Milwaukee. Casketed remains can be buried in ground, cremated remains can be buried in ground or above ground in a niche. The only document needed to obtain any of these benefits is a copy of a veteran’s Honorable Discharge/Separation from Active Duty Papers also known as a DD214. If this document is unable to be located we can assist in obtaining a copy from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the death of a veteran and veteran burials.
For more information regarding funeral services or funeral preparation, please visit our website at westsuburbanfh.com, or call us at 630-852-8000. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.