Military Honors Are Available For All Veterans
Discharged Under Anything Other Than A Dishonorable Discharge
Veteran Military Honors
Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act (passed January/2000 ) mandates that the United States Armed Forces shall provide the rendering of honors in a military funeral for any eligible veteran if requested by his or her family. As mandated by federal law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of no fewer than two members of the Armed Forces.
One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent armed service of the deceased veteran. The honor guard detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the flag of the United States to the next of kin and the playing of Taps which will be played by a lone bugler, if available, or by audio recording.
We do have an appropriate area for this ceremony in most of our departure locations.
Check with our booking person to ensure an appropriate area is available if you would like military honors performed.
The Marines are the only branch of the military which supply a person who actually plays the bugle. all the other branches have a person with a bugle, but they are not actually playing the bugle – it is a recording that plays.
We do much prefer the live bugle player, so we try to use the organization “Bugles Across America“. They are a national 501C3 organization who provide live buglers free of charge to veteran families for the playing of taps at military honors services.
The Military Honors forms, for the appropriate branch of the service, are below. They should be completed and send to the appropriate address, so the military may make appropriate preparations. If you wish, we could make the arrangements for you.
Marines: Need to call – Camp Pendleton Funeral Coordinator : (703) 432-9524
Additional information on military honors for all branches of the service may be found on the Defense Department site
The flag is folded 13 times and each fold has a meaning which is described below. We assist many families all the time who have military honors – it is very special for the family. Your facilitator will be happy to take pictures with your camera of the honors ceremony.
It is usually performed before the ash scattering service on the yacht. We have a large grassy area near our departure point the serves as a perfect location for the flag folding. Arrangements can also arrange to have special music played live at the occasion. Perhaps a bagpipe playing Amazing Grace.
When the flag is presented to the family member, slightly different verbiage is used, depending on the branch of the service the veteran served in.
This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.
On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.
On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.
On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of (service member’s rank and name).
On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.