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Provide professional Military Funeral Honors to eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member.
The Rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended our country in time of war and peace. The ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration that a grateful nation can provide to a veteran’s family.
Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever possible. However, the law now mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family. As provided by law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by electronic recording.
Family members of the deceased veteran should first notify their funeral director of their desire to have Military Funeral Honors rendered. Funeral Directors or family members can contact the resources provided request funeral honors for their loved one. There is no cost to the veteran’s family to have Military Funeral Honors.
The family should provide the funeral director with the following information, if available: