Community Outreach


Once again, McComas Family Funeral Homes has partnered with the YMCA of Maryland, to help sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot that was held at the Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air. McComas Family Funeral Homes has helped to sponsor the event since 2012. This race marks the sixth year that the funeral home has helped to sponsor the event. This year's event attracted a record 1500 participants on a beautiful morning.


In May of this year, McComas Family Funeral Homes sponsored its annual Widow/Widower bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. This annual trip is meant to bring together families who have recently lost a spouse, and to offer them a day out at the Gardens. McComas Family Funeral Homes has sponsored such trips for the past 5 years. Holly McComas, who coordinates the trip, says “we enjoy the fact that we are able to do something like this in an effort to give back and allow for folks to gather in a relaxed and beautiful setting. It has been so well received over the years, that we intend to continue this tradition for years to come.”


In 2016, the McComas family began examining the services provided to our military families and made the decision to consider retiring an unserviceable United States flag with those service men and women veterans who choose to be cremated. 


Research into offering such a service found that United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”


McComas launched a program to provide the service, receiving results beyond our wildest expectations.  Soon, we had non-military families requesting that a flag be cremated with their loved one.


If you have an American Flag that is no larger than the standard burial flag (5’ x 8’), that is unserviceable or no longer used and is hidden away in the garage, shed or basement because you don’t know what to do with it, consider dropping off your flag at any of the McComas Funeral Home locations in Abingdon, Bel Air or Jarrettsville.  They may also be deposited in a drop box at any of our partner locations:


  •   American Legion Post 17 - 415 Edgewood Rd. (Rt 40), Edgewood, MD
  •   American Legion Post 39 - 500 N Hickory Ave., Bel Air, MD
  •   VFW Post 10146 - 3440 Conowingo Rd. (Rt 1), Street, MD


When requested, an American Flag is honorably cremated with the loved one.  However, when our inventory exceeds operational needs, one of our partner organizations may hold a formal ceremony to retire the American Flags.  While McComas has customarily used representatives of the American Legion, VFW or Scouting organizations, we would consider other civic organizations for conducting an appropriate retirement ceremony.  If interested, please contact our Director of Cremation Operations at ltooman@mccomasfuneralhome.com for information and details.




Abingdon Location | (410) 676-4600
1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

Bel Air Location | (410) 838-4040
50 W. Broadway, Bel Air, MD 21014

McComas Celebration of Life Center | (410) 692-6000
1114 Baldwin Mill Road, Jarrettsville, MD 21084

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