The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends. The local VA regional office generally originates the application for a Presidential Memorial Certificate. Requests should be accompanied by a copy of a document establishing honorable service such as discharge papers. VA regional offices can assist in applying for certificates.