Presidential Memorial Certificates

Recognizes Devotion and Duty to Nation

What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?

Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of deceased Veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery.


This program was initiated in March 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent Presidents. Statutory authority for the program is Section 112, Title 38, of the United States Code.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing the certificates which bear the current President's signature expressing the country's grateful recognition of the Veteran's service in the United States Armed Forces.


A PMC is authorized for Veterans who are eligible for burial in a national cemetery by reason of any of paragraphs (1), (2), (3), or (7) of section 2402(a) of title 38 U.S. Code §112.


An eligible recipient (i.e., next of kin, a relative or friend upon request, or an authorized service representative acting on behalf of such relative or friend) may apply for a PMC by completing a VA Form 40-0247, Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form. More than one PMC may be requested. To expedite the processing of the claim, please submit the Veteran's military discharge documents and death certificate. Do not send original documents, as they will not be returned.

Check the Status

If you have already requested a PMC more than sixteen (16) weeks ago and have not received it yet, please call 202-632-7300 to find out the status of your request. Please do not send a second application unless we request you to do so.

Veteran Service Officers and Funeral Homes: If you have questions about the status of a request please contact us at 202-632-7300. You may also send request for status by email to Our application form (VA Form 40-0247) is shown above. Please save this form to your computer and make as many copies as you might need.

lennygailharrell-smallFlorida House Representative, Gayle Harrell of District 81, holding a Presidential Memorial Certificate with Florida State Elks PMC Coordinator, Lenny Smallacombe.






Florida State Elks Association PMC Coordinators 

Leonard J. “Lenny”
Smallacombe, PDD

PMC Program Assistant
Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520
776 SW Aruba Bay
Port St. Lucie, FL  34986
Phone (772) 871-2255


Thomas E. Carns, PDD
PMC Program Assistant
Viera Elks Lodge #2817
5705 Lake Washington Rd
Melbourne, FL 32934

Phone (321) 604-5410