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Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers

EMBLEM
01 - LATIN (Christian) CROSS Christian Cross   02 - BUDDHIST (Wheel of Righteousness) BUDDHIST (Wheel of Righteousness)
03 - JUDAISM (Star of David) HEBREW (Star of David)   04 - PRESBYTERIAN CROSS PRESBYTERIAN CROSS
05 - RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CROSS RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CROSS   06 - LUTHERAN CROSS LUTHERAN CROSS
07 - EPISCOPAL CROSS EPISCOPAL CROSS   08 - UNITARIAN CHURCH/UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION UNITARIAN CHURCH/UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION
09 - UNITED METHODIST CHURCH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH   10 - AARONIC ORDER CHURCH AARONIC ORDER CHURCH
11 - MORMON (Angel Moroni) MORMON (Angel Moroni)   12 - NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
13 - SERBIAN ORTHODOX SERBIAN ORTHODOX   14 - GREEK CROSS GREEK CROSS
15 - BAHAI (9 Pointed Star) BAHAI (9 Pointed Star)   16 - ATHEIST ATHEIST
17 - MUSLIM (Crescent and Star) MUSLIM (Crescent and Star)   18 - HINDU HINDU
19 - KONKO-KYO FAITH KONKO-KYO FAITH   20 - COMMUNITY OF CHRIST COMMUNITY OF CHRIST
21 - SUFISM REORIENTED SUFISM REORIENTED   22 - TENRIKYO CHURCH TENRIKYO CHURCH
23 - SEICHO-NO-IE SEICHO-NO-IE   24 - CHURCH OF WORLD MESSIANITY (Izunome) CHURCH OF WORLD MESSIANITY (Izunome)
25 - UNITED CHURCH OF RELIGIOUS SCIENCE UNITED CHURCH OF RELIGIOUS SCIENCE   26 - CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
27 - UNITED MORAVIAN CHURCH UNITED MORAVIAN CHURCH   28 - ECKANKAR ECKANKAR
29 - CHRISTIAN CHURCH CHRISTIAN CHURCH   30 - CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
31 - UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST   32 - HUMANIST (AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION) HUMANIST EMBLEM OF SPIRIT
33 - PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)   34 - IZUMO TAISHAKYO MISSION OF HAWAII IZUMO TAISHAKYO MISSION OF HAWAII
35 - SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL - USA SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL - USA   36 - SIKH (KHANDA) SIKH (KHANDA) 
37 - WICCA (Pentacle) WICCA   38 - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
39 - New Apostolic Church New Apostolic Church   40 - Seventh Day Adventist Church Seventh Day Adventist Church
41 - Celtic Cross Celtic Cross   42 - Armenian Cross Armenian Cross
43 - Farohar Farohar   44 - Messianic Jewish Messianic Jewish
45 - Kohen Hands Kohen Hands   46 - Catholic Celtic Cross Catholic Celtic Cross
47 - The First Church of Christ, Scientist (Cross and Crown) The First Church of Christ, Scientist (Cross and Crown)    48 - Medicine Wheel Medicine Wheel
49 - Infinity

Infinity

 

 
51 - Luther Rose Luther Rose   52 - Landing Eagle Landing Eagle
53 - Four Directions Four Directions   54 - Church of Nazarene Church of Nazarene
55 - Hammer of Thor Hammer of Thor   56 - Unification Church Unification Church
57 - Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane       
98 - MUSLIM (Islamic 5 Pointed Star) Not shown because of copyrights.  

Print version of Available Emblems of Belief.

No graphics (logos, symbols, etc.) are permitted on Government-furnished headstones or markers other than the available emblems of belief, the Civil War Union Shield, the Civil War Confederate Southern Cross of Honor, and the Medal of Honor insignias.

An emblem of belief for inscription on a Government headstone or marker is an emblem or symbol that represents the sincerely held belief of the decedent that constituted a religion or the functional equivalent of religion and was believed and/or accepted as true by that individual during his or her life. The belief represented by an emblem need not be associated with or endorsed by a group or organization.

Emblems of belief for inscription on Government headstones and markers do not include social, cultural, ethnic, civic, fraternal, trade, commercial, political, professional or military emblems. VA will not inscribe any emblem on a headstone or marker that would have an adverse impact on the dignity and solemnity of cemeteries honoring those who served the Nation. Emblems that would not be permitted include (but are not limited to), emblems that contain explicit or graphic depictions or descriptions of sexual organs or sexual activities that are shocking, titillating, or pandering in nature; and emblems that display coarse or abusive language or images.

If you are applying for a headstone or marker and the emblem you desire is not currently available, please see information below:

Who Can Request a New Emblem of Belief?

CFR 38.632 rule states that the following individuals may request a new emblem of belief for inscription on a headstone or marker: the decedent's next-of-kin (NOK), a person authorized in writing by the NOK, or a personal representative authorized in writing by the decedent.

Instructions for Requesting an Emblem not Available for Inscription Link

To submit a request for an emblem of belief not available for inscription, the requestor must:
1. Establish that there is an immediate need for a Government headstone/marker to be furnished for a deceased eligible individual (i.e., submission of VA-Form 40-1330, Application for a Government-Furnished Headstone or Marker, verification from National or state cemetery officials).
2. Certify that the proposed new emblem of belief represents the decedent's religious affiliation or sincerely held religious belief system, or a sincerely held belief system that was functionally equivalent to a religious belief system in the life of the decedent.
3. Submit a three-inch diameter digitized black and white representation of the requested emblem that is free of copyright or trademark restrictions or authorized by the owner for inscription on Government-furnished headstones and markers and can be reproduced in a production-line environment in stone or bronze without loss of graphic quality.

Submit all information to the following address:

Memorial Programs Service (41A1)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903

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