Beautiful, Long Lasting Memorials
Burial flag cases are beautiful, long lasting memorials that are a perfect way to display the more than 600,000 flags that are presented to the families of American military veterans each year. The United States is the only country in the world that traditionally gives the nation’s flag to each family of a deceased military veteran, and burial flag cases are commonly used to preserve those flags in a variety ways. Burial flag cases are also often used to help preserve the memories of deceased firefighters, police officers, or American dignitaries.
Burial flag cases are usually made of different types of wood such as oak, walnut or mahogany and come with a glass or clear front so you can see the flag. Burial flag cases generally come with engraved metal or brass plates on which the special memorial words can be displayed. They are expertly designed, so they can be displayed during a funeral or other memorial service and then made part of a permanent memorial in a private residence or even a public place. While most burial flag cases may be mounted to a wall, some burial flag cases are more suitable in a mantle or table display. Larger burial flag cases, particularly those which include a “shadowbox” or additional area to feature medals, patches, pins, or memorabilia can weigh in at upwards of 30 pounds when filled, so caution should be taken when wall mounting these models of burial flag cases.
Any government issued burial flag should fit in any of the burial flag cases commonly sold. To assure your memorial is perfect, your flag should be folded according to strict, historic traditions. The typical memorial flag (casket flag) measures 5′ x 9.5′, however flag sizes do vary. Commemorative flags typically measure 3′ x 5′ or 4′ x 6′. Burial flag cases are designed to fit one size or the other – give or take an inch or 2, so it is important when choosing your case to know the size of the flag you have selected to go into a flag case.
Burial flag cases are ideal for current or retired military or other uniformed service people and can also be used to display medals and other items of memorabilia such as medallions, coins photos, pins, citations, badges etc. Wall mounting kits are included with the purchase of many flag cases, but you should also consider displaying your burial flag case on a pedestal that, by elevating the flag and flag case, focuses the attention to the flag.
Burial flag cases do not have to be used exclusively for memorial services. They also make for good gifts or for use at flag retiring ceremonies for any of the 250,000 flags that are flown briefly over government buildings to commemorate birthdays, honors and other special achievements. No matter what their use, burial flag cases are a great way to display, preserve and protect cherished, patriotic memories.
Burial flags cases protect the cherished flags that represent the past, present, and future of this great nation and the dedication of those sworn to protect it.