At Farenga Funeral Home, we like to say that our hearts are with America’s veterans. For our staff, there is no greater honor than caring for veterans and their families. This is something we’ve been doing since we opened our doors in 1876, as we walk alongside families in the greater Queens area.
We strongly believe that every veteran needs to be honored and remembered. Yet saluting those who have served and sacrificed for America’s freedom extends far beyond Veterans Day. For Farenga Funeral Home owner Gus Antonopoulos and our team, paying tribute to veterans and expressing appreciation to their families is a way of life.
We hope our appreciation is reflected in the many ways we honor veterans in life and in death. Upon the request of a surviving family member, all honorably discharged veterans – regardless of rank or whether or not they were on active duty – qualify for military funeral honors. At Farenga Funeral Home, this includes the following.
Standard honor military funerals can include:
- A U.S. Flag to drape over the casket
- The flag to be folded following the service and presented to the family
- The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording.
Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:
- A 3-volley gun salute from military rifles.
- Military pallbearers to carry the casket
Other Veteran Benefits
In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:
- A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed, and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.
- Headstones or Markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state, veteran, or military cemeteries.
- Memorial Plots. If an eligible veteran’s remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.
- Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.
- Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.
If you yourself are a veteran – or if you have a veteran loved one – have you considered putting your funeral plans in place ahead of time? This way, you can make sure your preferences are honored. Maybe you’ve kept your wishes to yourself or simply haven’t expressed them to anyone. Now is the time.
Reach out to our caring team by phone, or stop by and visit us in person at our locations on Ditmars Blvd. and 30th Ave. in Astoria. We count it a tremendous honor to serve veterans and their families and are available to you anytime.