Military Funeral Customs At Arlington
The most common military honors service, standard military honors, is available to any enlisted service member or officer. The standard honors consist of a six-man body bearer detail, a firing party to fire a three rifle volley (often confused as a 21-gun salute), and a bugler to play taps, as well as a chaplain. The body bearers will carry the flag draped casket to the grave and hold the flag over the casket while the chaplain speaks. Following the committal service the firing party is called to attention and fires a three rifle volley. The a bugler plays taps, and the body bearers fold the flag which is then presented to the next of kin.
is the only cemetery in the world that offers on a regular basis a "full"
military honors funeral, available at the families request to officers
and warrant officers. A full honors service
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behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation, please
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