Veterans Urns

Medal of Honor Urns


This Medal of Honor cremation urn was designed and created by Idaho artist, John Sword. John donates these urns to  the Medal of Honor Society for the family of the Metal of Honor Recipient.   

Numerous holes have been drilled in the base of the urn and are plugged with a brass cap. Soil or sand from a battlefield like Omaha Beach or Pearl Harbor is placed there to represent the battlegrounds where veterans fought and so many lost their lives.   

The leaf on the lid was replicated in bronze from a leaf collected at Arlington National Cemetery. They were cast at Valley Bronze in Joseph, Oregon. Valley Bronze provided the bronze work for the World War II Memorial and the frames that hold the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Washington DC.



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Veteran Urns


Each Veterans Ceremonial Urn Cover is a handmade elegant creation that incorporates John’s artistic vision and signature waves.  The natural elements of each urn cover creates a solemn feeling of strength and purity.  Numerous holes have been drilled in the base of the urn and are plugged with a brass cap. Soil or sand from a battlefield like Omaha Beach or Pearl Harbor is placed there to represent the battlegrounds where veterans fought and so many lost their lives.

The leaf on the lid was replicated in bronze from an actual leaf collected from Arlington National Cemetery. They are cast at Valley Bronze in Joseph, Oregon.  The work of Valley Bronze includes: bronze work for the WWII Memorial, frames that hold the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Washington DC. 


In some locations, pens are donated to the Veterans Cemeteries to be presented to the next of kin at the committal services when the Veterans Ceremonial Urn is used as part of the ceremony. The pens are made from the same tree as the urns and are prepared by volunteers at Woodcraft.



Urn covers have been places at the following locations. 


Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise, ID
Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery, Las Vegas, NV
Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, NV
Washington State Veterans Cemetery, Spokane, WA
 Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Helena, MT
Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Miles City, MT
Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Missoula, MT
Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR
Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA
Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, OR
San Joaquin National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA
Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA
Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, CA
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Marana, AZ
Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sierra Vista, AZ
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI
Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM
Sacramento National Cemetery, Dixon, CA
Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, CA
Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Anchorage, AK
Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL
Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, AL

See also: 
Everlasting Tree Urn honors Army Command Sergeant Major at Arlington National Cemetery