What Linwood officials didn’t say at the meeting, spoke volumes. They should have been eager to set things straight and to work out a plan so that all veterans could be buried with the respect and dignity they deserve. But they didn’t show up. Why?
On Memorial Day last year, this cemetery flew 748 America Flags in memory of military personal buried in the cemetery; it was a sight to see. They had a guest speaker who talked about famous veterans buried in the cemetery and he boasted about monuments and tributes to soldiers. There was even singing and a high school band. It was a big SHOW and that’s all it was. If they really respected veterans they wouldn’t simply put them in the ground without so much as the sign of the cross or a prayer. I don’t care if these veterans didn’t have a dime in their pockets when they died, they still fought for their country – our country, and they deserve better than that. Now we need to fight for them.
Is Linwood breaking the law?
Public Law 106-65 or Title 10, United States Code Section 1491: requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the Veteran's parent service of the armed
It doesn’t cost the cemetery any money to provide military honors, only time and maybe some space. They have the ability to arrange military honors for indigent veterans and so far they have not done this. How do they sleep at night? When did “doing the right thing” become an option they
would choose not to do?
Veterans also receive death benefits from the Veterans Administration and they can receive a one-time death payment from Social Security if they have a living spouse or child. The funeral homes have the
documents necessary to obtain this money. Why? Is Linwood taking the money from the county, taking the money from the VA and then convincing family members to turn over the SS money if they want the opportunity to say goodbye? I don’t know how it works. I really would like to hear what Linwood representatives have to say. I want answers and I’m sure you do to.
In the meantime there are some things we can do to show our support to our veterans;
We can tell Linwood Cemetery Representatives our thoughts on the situation or ask questions;
Address: 2735 Windsor Avenue Dubuque, IA 52001
Or we can tell the whole community what we think about this situation by sending a letter to the editor at the Telegraph Herald;
Hopefully Linwood officials will come forward with a solution to this problem and answers to our questions. We are a strong community that won’t
stand for such injustice. Our veterans mean the world to us, they are all hero’s that deserve to be honored while they are alive and at the time of their death.
And if they are poor when they die then that’s all the more reason they need us watching out for them. God Bless our veterans!
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