Rendering military funeral honors is one way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide and it is our commitment to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans. By law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran consists of at least two members of the U.S. armed forces, and at least one member of the detail must be a representative from the deceased veteran’s service branch. The honor detail performs a ceremony that includes the playing of taps and the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin. Your funeral director can help you request military funeral honors. More information on military funeral honors is available here.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.