Military Funeral Planning
Elements of a Military Burial and Funeral
Depending on the status of the deceased (active, Veteran, and rank), a military funeral planning incorporates all or some of the following:
- A military chaplain is provided
- The casket is usually brought in a hearse draped with the U.S. flag. It can also be transported by a horse-drawn carriage. For funerals of former presidents and officers of 0-6 rank, a riderless horse accompanies the caisson
- A 3-volley salute is fired for most branches of the military. Navy funerals use a cannon for the salute, a tradition from the British Royal Navy. Higher-ranking officials receive a gun salute.
- At a distance from the grave site, “Taps” is played by a bugle or trumpet. A recording is sometimes used due to the shortage of qualified buglers.
- The next of kin receive a folded flag representing the distinguished service of their deceased loved one.
Just remember that, as a service member or military family member, it is advisable that you make yourself aware of your memorial benefits before you need them.
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