Itemized Goods and Services
The services and merchandies offered by the Claybar Funeral Homes are itemized on our General Price List. In order to comply with Federal Trade Commission regulations, all funeral homes must price their services in a similar format and provide a copy of their General Price List to clients. Listed below are some of the service options that we offer.
Traditional Funeral Service
This includes professional services, funeral home facilities, and automotive equipment associated with a traditional funeral service. Included are: removal from the place of death, consultation with the family and the planning of a meaningful funeral ceremony, coordinating the service plans with the cemetery, crematory and other parties involved in the final disposition of the deceased. Also, included are embalming, dressing, cosmetology, the use of facilities and staff for the visitation, the facilities and staff for a church or chapel service, and all the automotive equipment and drivers necessary for the memorial and graveside service.
Graveside Funeral Service
A Graveside Funeral Service can include all components of a traditional funeral service except for the memorial service at a church or our chapel.
Military Funeral Honors
We live with our personal memories of our devoted loved ones who, through their service to our nation, have defended our fundamental values such as liberty, justice, dignity and national justice. Their sacrifice has dignified life for each of us. Through their example, we move toward eternity with faith, hope, charity, love, courage, and freedom. The local Veteran Organizations which are made up of members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2775, the American Legion Post 49, the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 348, and the Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group pays tribute to their fellow comrades in arms through various Military Funeral Honors. These rites are designed to honor the life that was so freely shared and proclaim the glory of freedom. Military rites are made available for any deceased eligible veteran at the request of his or her family. Eligible veterans include military members on active duty, military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. Veterans of any war, and other U.S. Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable.
The request for a military tribute must be made through the funeral director in charge of the services. The director will contact the local Veteran Organizations and arrange for the desired military rite. There are a variety of memorial services available. They include the chapel service, graveside service, and the flag presentation. The American Flag is a central part of all military rites. The flag is a symbol of liberty and it flies high proclaiming justice and freedom because of the sacrifices of many Americans. The United States Government provides a memorial flag to any veteran who is honorably discharged. The flag can be draped upon the casket or folded in “military fashion” and displayed as a tribute to the service rendered.
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the Nation’s deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended our country in times of war and peace. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration that our great Nation can provide to the veteran’s families.
The tradition of providing Military Funeral Honors began in ancient Greece and Rome. The funeral honors protocol of today traces its roots to these ancient ceremonies as well as to historical American experiences. Our commitment to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of our Nation’s veterans is why we honor those who served.
Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever possible. The law now mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family. According to the law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member must be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail must perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a bugler or by an electronic recording. Military Funeral Honors are provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to the family. The main elements of the Military Funeral Honors ceremony are:
* Flag folding
* Flag presentation
The veteran’s parent Service representative will present the flag. All veteran’s families are also eligible to receive the Presidential Memorial Certificate which is a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation’s grateful recognition of an honorably discharged, deceased veteran’s service in the Armed Forces. The veteran’s name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President. The family may request a Presidential Memorial Certificate either in person or at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail. The family may also request a grave marker. Your funeral director will assist you with this matter.
Families may obtain more information by Clicking on this link:
Or writing to:
Military Funeral Honors
9504 IH 35 North, Suite 320
San Antonio, TX 78233-6635