Military Funerals

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Here are some of the Hardest words to say

"On behalf of the President of the U.S. and the people of a grateful nation, may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one rendered this nation."

A web site with many links for Military Funeral Honors

Below is what the Military will provide..when resources are available, for Veterans & Military Retirees.

Many local Veteran Organizations throughout the US provide Funeral Honors to area veterans. Many families are grateful to have at least one member of the detail to be in the Military Uniform of the branch of service the deceased served in. In most cases the State Headquarters of the National Guard or Military Dept is a good point of contact, and will work with DOD as needed to obtain a member from Veteranís military branch of service. Support is also often provided by units from nearby military bases, Armories and Reserve Centers. A google search for nearby military base name, AND Casualty Assistance should provide some contacts. Also see: Lookup Installations & Directories of Services

Many funeral directors just call the local veteranís post, they are used to working with, and never attempt to contact the military, nor attempt to obtain a member of the Veteranís branch of service. This is a disservice to the family and to the deceased veteran. Any assistance provided by the military does not preclude the local veterans community from assisting, providing additional members as needed, bugler, color guards, pall bearers, honor guards, etc.

This will get the area Casualty Assistance Office
Army, 800-350-7746
Navy, 877-478-3988
Air Force, 618-256-4586
Marines, 866-826-3628
Coast Guard, 216-902-6269

The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veteransí family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces.

The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran. The type of Funeral Honors may be Full Military Honors, 7 Person Detail or a Standard Honors Team Detail.

At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served. Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version. Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran/family.

To obtain funeral honors as a veteran or a family member of a veteran, you must have a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Department of Defense Form 214 ( discharge paperwork). This documentation should be given to the funeral home you have selected. The funeral home will contact the Casualty Area Command (CAC) that handles your respective state. The CAC will then locate a Funeral Honors Team in your area to cover your veteranís funeral.

All requests for Funeral Honors are on a first come, first serve basis.

The only two exceptions are:
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Soldiers Killed in Action

Full Military Honors Detail Reserved for:
  • Service Member Killed in Action (KIA)
  • Medal of Honor Recipient
  • General Officers (O7 and Above)
  • Enlisted Pay Grade E9: Sergeant Major (Army), Master Chief Petty Officer (Navy), Master Gunnery Sergeant/Sergeant Major (Marines), Chief Master Sergeant (Air Force)
Consting of:
  • Team of 16-21 Soldiers
  • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
  • Playing of Taps
  • Fold and Present American Flag
Seven Person Detail Reserved for:
  • Retired Service Members (served 20 years of Active Duty in the Armed Forces)
  • Active Duty, National Guard/Reserve Solder Not KIA
Full Military Honor Detail may be received if Retiree or Soldier's unit is willing to perform Full Military Honors Consists of:
  • Team of 7 Soldiers
  • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
  • Playing of Taps
  • Fold and Present American Flag
Standard Honors Team Detail Reserved for:
  • Veterans with an Honorable Discharge on their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Department of Defense Form 214
  • Conist of:
    • Team of 2-3 Soldiers
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present American Flag


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