Coronavirus covid-19 notice

Akins Funeral Home
13455 Hwy. 43 South-P.O. Box 328
Russellville, Alabama 35653
256-332-1131
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
In order to protect our families that we serve and our staff, per the recommendations and mandated order of the CDC, the ADPH, and the State Health Officer, we will be strictly following their guidelines and these can change daily.
During the arrangement meeting, only four family members will be allowed to be present at that time.  The production of the family memorial DVD has been ceased until further notice. It is our intentions to take care of the majority of the arrangement conference via phone or email.
We encourage graveside and outdoor services with a limit of 10 people meeting at the graveside (maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons).  These are mandated guidelines by the CDC, ADPH, and the State Health officer that we are strictly following.
We strongly suggest that children under the age of 12 and adults over the age of 60 or anyone with a compromised immune system do not attend.  This is only until we receive further instructions from the CDC, the ADPH, and the State Health Officer and is subject to change as needed.
 If you have business that can be conducted over the phone, please call us instead of stopping by the office.
We strongly emphasize social distancing (maintaining six feet apart), frequent hand washing and sanitizing. We love and care for our families and we have to put public safety first.
These guidelines will allow our staff more time to clean and disinfect our facilities, to serve the needs of our families and to protect our community and staff.
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and how the best to serve our families during this time. These guidelines will subject to change according to CDC recommendations.


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Veterans Burial Flags


A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces.  It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran's military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for:

  • A veteran who served during wartime
  • A veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941
  • A veteran who served after January 31, 1955
  • A peacetime veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950
  • Certain persons who served in the organized military forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines while in service of the U.S. Armed Forces and who died on or after April 25, 1951
  • Certain former members of the Selected Reserves


Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?

Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.


How Can You Apply?

You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 27-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.


Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?

The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran's funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some veterans' organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.


How Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed?

The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 27-2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather.


For More Information Call Toll-Free at 1-800-827-1000


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Veterans Overview

Veterans Headstones

Veterans Burial Flags

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