Services for Veterans at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka, KS

Veterans

It is our honor to serve military veterans and their families who have spent their lives in service to our country.

Below you will find more information on a special section in our cemetery set aside for veterans, as well as help obtaining benefits and honors.

Veterans benefits, military funeral honors and veteran markers at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka

Serve & Protect Garden

The Serve & Protect memorial garden is dedicated to our honored veterans and members of the civil services, offering options for both cremation and burial.

This special garden is the site of our annual Memorial Day ceremony, a time for our community to pay respects and show appreciation for the courage, dedication and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.

It includes a Wall of Tribute, which displays photos of the men and women in our armed forces and civil services who have served so bravely.

Learn more here.

Veterans Benefits

In recognition of their service and dedication to our country, burial and cemetery benefits are available for each eligible veteran.

These benefits include a military funeral honors ceremony at a funeral or memorial service, a burial flag, and a veterans cemetery marker.

A monetary benefit towards burial at a private cemetery may be available for veterans who meet certain conditions. The VA must rule on the exact benefits for each veteran.

If you would like more information, please click the links below.

Military Funeral Honors

Every eligible veteran is entitled to a military funeral honors ceremony at their funeral or memorial service. The ceremony serves as a final tribute and thank-you from a grateful nation for the veterans service.

The military funeral honors ceremony is conducted by two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one member of the veteran’s branch of service. The service includes folding and presenting the United States burial flag to a surviving family member and the playing of Taps.

Our staff will coordinate with your funeral director and local veterans organization in arranging this special ceremony. Please click the links below for more information.

Veterans Markers

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a bronze marker for any eligible veteran at no cost. The marker must be placed on a granite base, which is available for purchase through the cemetery.

Our staff will assist the family with ordering the marker and the granite base, along with a companion marker for the spouse of a veteran, if desired.

Click the links for more information on the VA markers.

Important Contact Information

Standard guidelines for benefits eligibility are provided by the Veterans Administration (VA), but only the VA can rule on the exact benefits to be awarded to each veteran. The VA can be contacted by phone, through their website, or via Facebook and Twitter.

For questions about burial benefits, please call the VA at 1-800-827-1000.