What Are Military Funeral Honors?
With deep humility and respect, we consider it a Privilege to provide military honors to our deceased Veterans.
The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the family of the veterans and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two 111embers of the Armed Forces, At least one of the funeral honors detail will be from the service in which the deceased veteran served, Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a Quality recorded version. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO THE FUNERAL HOME OR FAMILY FOR MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS.
Who is eligible?
Veterans are eligible for military honors at their funeral if they meet one of the following requirements:
• Currently serving on active duty or in the Selected Reserve ( drilling with a unit),
• Discharged from active duty under conditions “other than dishonorable.”
• Completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve under conditions “other than dishonorable.”
• Discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Family members of the deceased veteran should first notify their funeral director of their desire to have Military Funeral Honors rendered at the funeral. The family should provide the funeral director with the following information, if available:
*Name of deceased, date of birth, Social Security number, form DD-214 (active duty discharge), NGB 22 (National Guardsmen discharge) or any other proof of veteran status or eligibility for burial honors.
Whom should I contact?
► Marine Corps
► Air Force
► Coast Guard
OR DIRECT CONTACT WITH
Illinois Army National Guard
Military Funeral Honors Offices
East St. Louis