Military Funeral Honors
The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors. "Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the DOD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to Veterans who have defended our nation.
Upon the family's request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the Veteran's parent service of the armed forces. The DOD program calls for funeral home directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the Veterans' family. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration cemetery staff can also assist with arranging military funeral honors at VA national cemeteries. Veterans organizations may assist in providing military funeral honors. When military funeral honors at a national cemetery are desired, they are arranged prior to the committal service by the funeral home.
The Department of Defense began the implementation plan for providing military funeral honors for eligible Veterans as enacted in Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 on Jan. 1, 2000.
Questions or comments concerning the DOD military funeral honors program may be sent to the address listed below. The military funeral honors Web site is located at www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil.
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense For Public Affairs
The Holt Funeral Home would be honored in assisting our families, every step of the way, to ensure the proper ceremony remember the sacrifice their loved ones made serving our country.
Below please take an oppourtunity to view some websites we feel are important to the miltary services we provide.
http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html - Instructions on how to properly fold the flag as well as the meaning behind each fold with a description of the ceremony.
http://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/a/american-war-and-military-operations-casualties.html - A detailed list of death statistics for American war and military operations.
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