The funeral of Ted Young who was a Normandy Veteran and whose funeral we co-organised with the funeral director and family in March 2018
Flags as drapes on Veteran's coffins
We can provide full size flags ( 8ft x 5ft) as Coffin Drapes (Palls) for the funeral of any Veteran of the Armed Service. **
We hold drapes for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy. Merchant Navy and the Union Flag for other services.
It is also possible for us to source regimental drapes with sufficient notice from suppliers or from the regimental associations.
This year we contacted the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the protocols for the use of service ensigns and flags for funerals and his office and the Ministry of Defence were able to confirm that for a serving member of the Armed Forces the coffin is draped in the Union Flag. They also confirmed that when a Veteran passes away they are entitled and allowed to have the ensign of the service that they served in, draped on their coffin as a mark of honour and respect.
This advice is the fact and overrides any information that families may be given by service associations or funeral directors.
If you would like to borrow one of the coffin drapes for your loved one's funeral, we are happy to supply these and send to either yourself or the funeral director and to be returned to us the day following the funeral.
A suggested donation of £25 is requested for the loan of the drape including postage and packing and the memorial pin, as our volunteers pay for these out of their own pockets as we do not receive any funding for our work
Please can you make the donation before us sending the parcel as we are having to pay postage upfront.
Veterans Bereavement Support
Sort Code: 30-98-97
Account number: 44034660
please use the deceased surname as reference
Email the request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give us as much notice as possible as the postal service has slowed during the Covid-19 virus and we are using a courier where possible which costs us more.
** Subject to availability