6 Independence Day DIYs That Are Great For A Patriotic FuneralJuly 1st, 2016
For some people around the world, the 4th of July is just another day. But if you live in America, you know that this day (and really the entire weekend that surrounds it) is something special. It’s a chance to celebrate where we come from, who we are and what we stand for. It’s a chance to unabashedly show our pride and patriotism, and cloak our world in stars and stripes.
In fact, even if you didn’t own a calendar, it would be easy to spot when the 4th of July is approaching, simply by the blanket of red, white and blue that takes over everything from clothing to food to home decor. Heck, they even renamed one of our biggest holiday beverages “America” just to make it clear how important patriotism is when it comes to celebration.
But while you may think that all of the holiday supplies and patriotic Pinterest DIYs that surround you are only great for your upcoming 4th of July BBQ, you’re sorely mistaken. If you are a funeral director that regular hosts military funerals or honors the fallen veterans in your community, you better open your eyes… there’s no better time of year to be inspired to deliver a more personalized, unique experience to the service men and women in your community than Independence Day.
If you’re looking to get into the patriotic spirit this holiday weekend, we have gathered some of our favorite DIYs that will look great at both your 4th of July festivities this weekend, and will inspire you to go above and beyond for your next military funeral. After all, these veterans went above and beyond the line of duty for us and our country… honor them by celebrating their life in a meaningful, personalized way.
1. Sparkler Memorial Lighting
Many communities will often hold candle lighting ceremonies as a way to honor certain members of the community who have recently passed away. Not only are these ceremonies amazing ways to bring together friends and family who do not want to feel alone in their grief, but memorial lighting ceremonies also are a great symbol of how a loved one brought light to their lives. To put a 4th of July twist on this popular tradition, hold a special sparkler memorial ceremony at your funeral home to pay tribute to veterans in your community, and to help family and friends reflect on the fact that no matter how long their loved ones have been gone, their spark will never truly go out.
2. American Flag Candles
If want to bring some light into the funeral service itself, DIY votive holders are a great way to light a candle in someone’s memory, while also putting some personalized decor into your funeral home. If you are looking for a beautiful, yet subtle way to add some patriotic elements to a military funeral service, try recreating the American Flag Candle Jars above! Michaels has put together a super simple tutorial for these DIY flag jars that you see above (click here for the instructions), that you can put together in a matter of minutes and use for all future veteran funerals that your funeral home hosts.
3. Military Shadow Box
Many funeral homes and cemeteries around the country are known for handing out and displaying small American Flags over the 4th of July holiday. However, what happens to these flags after the holiday has passed? One great way to repurpose them is to save them for future families that will be giving their loved one full military honors during their burial. You could put them on display during the service, or use them to create a beautiful shadow box gift alongside some of the other elements from the funeral – like the shell casings from the three-volley salute, or the sheet music from the playing of Taps.
4. Mason Jar Flag Centerpiece
We’ve spoken many times about the amazing healing power that flowers can have for those who are dealing with grief. So it only makes sense to try and incorporate as many flowers into your funeral home as possible to help lift the spirit of the friends and family who will be in attendance. This awesome tutorial by E-How is not only a beautiful and unique way to add some red, white and blue flowers into a military funeral service, but the individual mason jars also make great take away gifts for immediate family members, or even fellow veterans who will be attending the service.
5. Red, White and Blue Necktie Wreath
One great way to add some personalization into a funeral service is to incorporate items that represent the deceased… And for many fathers and grandfathers out there, there are few things that are more personal than their unique (and often quirky) tie collections. For military father-figures specifically, gather there red, white and blue ties and follow this great tutorial for creating a patriotic, personalized wreath out of a loved one’s favorite ties. It’s something that the family will be able to look back on for generations, and hang up in their own home during this time of year
6. Military Memorial Video
If you truly want to give your families a personalized, patriotic memento that they can cherish for decades, help them to memorialize the most important moments of their loved one’s life through photos and video. Life Tribute videos are simple to make and they are an amazing way to share stories, memories and unforgettable moments that families can watch and relive over and over again. Plus, with our special Hollywood-quality Military Intros, you can truly honor the amazing service that military members gave.
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How will you be celebrating the 4th of July holiday and the military members in your community who help to make our freedom possible? Let us know in the comments below!