Honoring Those Who Served

The law requires the Department of Defense to play taps, fold the U.S. flag, and present the flag to the next of kin. However, other honors, such as honor guard pallbearers and a rifle volley, may be offered, depending on the resources available to the honor guard unit and desires of the family. Explore the nine military funeral honors that are provided today for deceased veterans of the United States military.

Flag Folding

Flag Folding

Flag Presentation

Flag Presentation

Playing of Taps

Playing of Taps

Rifle Detail

Rifle Detail

Pallbearers

Pallbearers

Color Guard

Color Guard

Caisson at Arlington National Cemetery

Caisson at Arlington National Cemetery

Military Fly-Over

Military Fly-Over

Burial at Sea

Burial at Sea