Military Funeral Honors (Taps)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Program Description

By law, military units are required to provide, at a minimum, a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the Funeral Honors ceremony. The core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, which will be conducted are:

Playing of Taps

Flag folding

Flag presentation

The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.

Additional elements that could be provided as part of the Funeral Honors ceremony include:

Rifle detail

Color guard

Pallbearers

Caisson

Military flyover

Services

  • Playing of Taps
  • Flag folding
  • Flag presentation
  • The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag.
  • Additional elements that could be provided as part of the Funeral Honors ceremony include:
  • Rifle detail
  • Color guard
  • Pallbearers
  • Caisson
  • Military flyover

Eligibility

  • Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
  • Former military members who served on active duty or in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Further clarification on eligibility is available on our DoD Policy page.

How To Apply

  • Air Force: 781-377-4850
  • Army: 888-325-1601
  • Coast Guard: 617-990-6249
  • Marine Corps:703-432-9524
  • Navy: 866-203-7791

Documentation

  • DD 214 or other documentation proving honorable service


Contact Info

Military Funeral Honors (Taps)