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Medallion promotes good planning

Funeral home honors veterans

Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park is offering a free service medallion to veterans. Photo credit: Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park

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Veterans know the value of good planning. Not only does a well laid out concept of operations minimize problems, but it also ensures that events move smoothly.

Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park honors and respects all veterans for their service. And whether the family members of a passed veteran choose cremation or burial, Mountain View is proud to handle all of the details involved.

Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park now offers a free service medallion to all veterans for their service and sacrifices.

Made of solid brass and enameled on both sides, the medallion measures 1.75 inches in diameter. On one side are the emblems of the five branches of service; on the other side is the inscription "Thank You for Your Service."

The history behind Mountain View's giving of the service medallions is rooted in the military tradition of presenting challenge coins to servicemembers who have performed a particular task well.

"The service medallion we present to veterans is very much like the challenge coins they received while serving," explained David Sweet, Mountain's sales manager. "It is a special thing to honor all of these veterans."

The service medallions will be delivered to the veteran's home.

Along with the honor comes a free Veterans Personal Planning Guide, which services as an excellent point of reference in planning a funeral ceremony.

A funeral generally involves over 90 decisions. When these determinations are left to the time of a veteran's passing, family members are left trying to guess what their loved one would have wanted.

Planning ahead takes this burden from family members, makes the veteran's wishes clear, and prevents the family from emotionally-driven overspending.

Veterans can receive both the free service medallion and the planning guide by calling 253.948.5905. The home and park are located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

To learn more about what Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park offers to veterans and their family members, visit

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