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For veterans seeking a final resting place that reflects their deep connection to the ocean, the U.S. Navy offers the distinguished service of Burial at Sea. This ceremonial tradition allows eligible veterans, active-duty members, and certain family members to be committed to the sea with full military honors. 

The process begins with a request from the veteran’s family, who must provide essential documents, including a copy of the death certificate, discharge papers, and a completed Burial at Sea request form. Cremated remains, caskets, and urns can all be accommodated, with the burial conducted during an active naval deployment, ensuring that the ceremony is performed with the respect and dignity deserving of those who have served. 

Burials at sea are carried out at no cost to the family, with the Navy handling all arrangements. The ceremony includes traditional elements such as the playing of “Taps,” a rifle volley, and the presentation of the flag, creating a solemn and memorable tribute. 

This unique and honorable option underscores the Navy’s commitment to its members, both past and present. For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit the Navy’s Burial at Sea webpage here.