The Army National Guard (ARNG) Military Funeral Honors (MFH) program renders professional military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition, to all eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member. Currently, the ARNG conducts 75% of all MFHs for the Army and approximately 47% of all MFHs for DOD.
The MFH program has developed a comprehensive network within communities which allows for an expedient response to the needs of deceased Veteran’s families. Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever possible.
***** This video provides an example of what the Military Funeral Honors looks like. It is from a real funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, done by the Old Guard.
Currently, law mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible Veteran if requested by the family. By law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible Veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased Veteran.
The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a professional ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by electronic recording. Although most military funeral honors are simple, they are extremely well done and very professional. The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to the Veteran’s family.