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Military Funeral Honors

Military Funeral Honors
"Honoring Those Who Served"

What are Military Funeral Honors?

Military Funeral Honors are the ceremonial paying of respect and the final demonstration of the country's gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, faithfully defended our nation. The ceremony consists of, at minimum, the folding and presentation of the American flag and the sounding of "Taps" by a detail of two uniformed members of the military services.

At least one of the detail's members shall be from the parent service of the eligible beneficiary. Missouri veterans normally receive a Three-Volley Rifle Salute, sounding of "Taps," and flag folding and presentation.

Active duty members and military retirees are entitled to additional honors.

Who can receive Military Funeral Honors?

Deceased active duty, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees, and veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under honorable conditions are eligible for Military Funeral Honors.

Military Funeral Honors are denied to persons discharged under other than honorable conditions, convicted of a state, federal or capital crime, or when circumstances surrounding the person's death are such that to provide honors at the funeral or burial of the person would bring discredit upon the military services.