Veterans dedicate themselves to a lifetime of service and are willing to die for the ideals our country holds dear. That’s why veterans’ funerals should be life-honoring tributes that respect and honor the sacrifices they’ve made.
Whether the death was related to service or happened years later, there are certain honors to which veterans are entitled.
- Flag-draped casket : It’s traditional for the casket of a veteran to be draped in the American flag. After the service, this flag is folded in accordance with tradition and presented to the veteran’s family. It’s a moving tribute, honoring the veteran with an important symbol of our nation.
- Honor guard: Members of the armed forces play a ceremonial role in the service, acting as pallbearers for the fallen veteran. It’s very meaningful to a veteran’s family to see these men and women in uniform paying their respects.
- Three-volley salute: A rifle party of 3-7 service members will typically fire a three-volley salute. The number can vary, depending on the rank of the veteran. High-ranking officers might have an 11-, 14- or even 17-gun salute.
- Taps: At the end of a graveside service, a final salute is given, and Taps is performed by a lone bugler or an audio recording, 30-50 yards from the grave site. In some cases, a muffled drum roll accompanies the bugler.
- Some veterans are entitled to additional honors. A funeral director will be able to help you determine exactly what is appropriate for your veteran.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we’re proud of our nation’s veterans. That’s why we honor and respect all veterans for their service, providing honorable and dignified arrangements. Honorably discharged veterans and their immediate family members may also be entitled to discounted or complimentary burial space in selected areas. We can help you plan a service for your veteran with all the appropriate honors and benefits. Call us at (253) 218-1012 or visit our website to learn more.