Funeral services not only celebrate the life of the deceased, but they also honor their unique values, characteristics, and, in some cases, military service. Members of the armed forces may be eligible for recognition via a Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony that honors the sacrifice they made for their country.
What Is a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony?
An MFH is a funeral service performed by at least two members of the United States Armed Forces, including at least one member of the military branch the deceased belonged to. They will include the presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “Taps” by either a bugler or a recording. There are different services available, depending on your loved one’s military status.
Who Is Eligible for a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony?
All active and former military members in good standing may be eligible. Members of the Armed Forces who were discharged or convicted of certain crimes are not. In addition, certain civil servants involved with the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may be candidates for the ceremony.
How Do You Request a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony for Your Loved One?
Your funeral home will help you with planning a service for the deceased. If you are interested in requesting one, ask your director to assist you with identifying and submitting the appropriate forms. Learn more about each option and find the corresponding applications here.
Those who served in the United States Armed Forces and parted from active duty in good standing deserve funeral services that reflect the nation’s gratitude and respect for their sacrifice. When the time comes to plan the end-of-life celebration of a loved one, Dunn Funeral Home in Bristol, CT, is here to help. They will assist you in preparing the service and provide compassionate support during the loss of a beloved friend or family member. To speak with their staff about planning a funeral, call them at (860) 583-9219 or visit them online.