United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers

 

EMBLEM
01
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
97
CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST (Cross & Crown) Not shown because of copyrights.
98
MUSLIM (Islamic 5 Pointed Star) Not shown because of copyrights.


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