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Presidential Memorial Certificates

Recognizes Devotion and Duty to Nation


What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a parchment certificate with calligraphic inscription of the veteran’s name expressing the nation’s grateful recognition of an honorably discharged deceased veteran’s service in the Armed Forces. The certificate bears the signature of the current President of the United States.


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.

Administration and Eligibility

This program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligible recipients include the deceased veteran’s next of kin and loved ones. Multiple numbers of certificates may be requested in each individual deceased veteran’s name. There is no charge. Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA regional office or by toll free fax or U. S. mail only. Requests cannot be sent via email.

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

Application Process

You will need:

  • A copy of the veteran's Honorable Discharge
  • A copy of the veteran's death certificate
  • Completely filled out PMC Application Click Here

Fax all documents to (202) 565-8054 or (800) 455-7143

or mail to:

Presidential Memorial Certificates (41AC)
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA  22134-3903

Certificates will take approximately 20-24 weeks to arrive.

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, PER
PMC Program Assistant
Viera Elks Lodge #2817
4240 Deerwood Trail
Melbourne, FL 32934

Phone (321) 604-5410