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Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Military Funeral Honors

US Army bugler rendering honors

Enlisted service members, WO-1 through CW-3, and O-1 through O-3 interred/inurned at Arlington National Cemetery will receive military funeral honors provided by the decedent's branch of service.

The elements of military funeral honors include:

  • A casket team (body bearers / pall bearers)
  • A firing party
  • A bugler
  • Folding of and Presentation of our National Colors 

The cemetery staff will make arrangements for military funeral honors when requested by the next of kin. A military chaplain may also be requested.

Please note: In accordance with guidance from the Secretary of the Army (SecArmy Memorandum, Subject: Funeral Honors at Arlington National Cemetery for Soldiers Who Die as a Result of Wounds Received in Action, dated 2 January 2009), all service members who die from wounds received as result of enemy action and are being interred, inurned or memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery, are eligible to receive military funeral honors with funeral escort.