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What You Need to Know About Military Honors

Published: September 19, 2022
funeral homes in White Oak, TX

Nothing is more touching to watch than a military funeral service with military honors. Not only is it meaningful because the deceased took part in something that was bigger than themselves and put their life on the line for the freedom of those they loved, but also the pomp and circumstance of the honors reflects the respect and dignity your military loved one deserves. To make sure your loved one receives the military honors they are entitled to, directors of funeral homes in White Oak, TX share what you need to know. 

Does Everyone in the Military Get Honors?

If your loved one was in the military, they are entitled by the National Defense Act to receive free military honors at their funeral services. This is the same for if they were in active duty, retired, or a veteran.  

The specific honors they are eligible for will depend on things like how long they were in service for as well as what branch they served in. At a minimum, your loved one should be eligible for:

  • Flag ceremony - This is a ritual where the United States flag is folded into a triangle with the blue and start visible on the outside. This is done with great focus and precision by the soldiers with the flag being folded 13 times representing the 13 original colonies.
  • Presentation of the flag to the family - After the flag is folded, the soldiers from the military will present it to the spouse, child, parent, or next of kin. The following words are mandated by the Department of Defense (DOD) and are what will be said to the family:

“On behalf of the President of the United States, (the United States Army; the United States Marine Corps; the United States Navy; the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.” 

  • The playing of Taps - Also called “Day is Done”, and “Butterfly’s Lullaby” this tune is very recognizable and is typically played on a bugle or trumpet.

How to Request Military Honors

To request military honors for your loved ones services, you will need to submit your written request as well as all proper documentation as soon as possible. You can also do this through a funeral home coordinator or veteran funeral director/planner. As directors of funeral homes, we can also help you with this process as we have handled this many times in the past.

Final Thoughts

Giving your loved one a service with the pomp and circumstance and military honors they deserve is only fitting. Not only is it a touching tribute, but it is also what they absolutely deserve. Working with the director from the funeral home in White Oak, TX will help ensure you have all the proper documentation and that any requests you need to make are done so in a timely manner ad made to the right department.

 
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