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Military Funeral Honors

Indiana Military Funeral HonorsHonoring Those Who Served is our commitment to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans. The rendering of military funeral honors is one of the ways to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. The ceremonial playing of Taps, the folding of the American flag and presenting it to the next-of-kin are the final demonstrations that a grateful nation can provide to veterans’ families.

Eligibility


By law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Branch


One member of the detail should be a representative of the parent service of the deceased veteran whenever possible.

Ceremony


The U.S. Armed Forces honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the playing of Taps and folding and presentation of the American flag to the next-of-kin.

No Cost


Military funeral honors are provided by the Indiana Army National Guard in the state of Indiana, under the direction of the U.S. Department of Defense, at no cost to the family.

Details

All requests for Funeral Honors are on a first-come, first-served basis. The only two exceptions are Medal of Honor Recipients and Soldiers Killed in Action.

As of January 1, 2000, and upon the family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of Taps.

The ceremony is performed by a military funeral honors detail consisting of two or more uniformed military persons who are members of the veteran's branch of service.

The Department of Defense program calls for the funeral home to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran's family.

Army - Fort Knox: Phone 502-624-6041 | Fax 502-624-46889
Navy - 866-203-7791
Marines - 866-826-3628
Air Force - 937-257-8964, 618-256-4586
Coast Guard - 216-902-6269, 314-606-6792

  • Military Honors Detail

    Performed by
    Army National Guard Honor Guard

    Reserved for
    Any Veteran who was honorably discharged with any form of proof of service regardless of component, Active, Reserve or National Guard

    Consists of

    • Team of 2 Soldiers
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present the American Flag
  • Three to Nine Person Detail

    Based on availability

    Performed by
    Army National Guard Honor Guard

    Reserved for
    Retired Service Members (served 20 years of Active Duty in the Armed Forces other than Indiana Guardsman), Active Duty, Reserve Soldier not KIA

    Consists of

    • Team of 3-9 Soldiers
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire (may be provided by local Legion/VFW)
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present the American Flag
  • Full Military Honors Detail

    Other than Indiana Guardsmen

    Performed by
    Army National Guard Honor Guard

    Reserved for
    Service Member Killed in Action, Medal of Honor Recipient, General Officers (O7 and Above), Enlisted Pay Grade E9: Sergeant Major (Army)

    Consists of

    • Team of 9-16 Soldiers
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire (may be provided by local Legion/VFW)
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present the American Flag
  • Honors Detail for Indiana Guardsmen

    Performed by
    Indiana Army National Guard Ceremonial Unit

    Reserved for
    Retired Service Members (served 20 years in the Indiana Army National Guard), Active Members of the Indiana Army National Guard

    Consists of

    • Team of 7-21 Soldiers (based on availability)
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present the American Flag
    • Chaplain if requested
  • Full Military Honors Detail for Indiana Guardsmen

    Performed by
    Indiana Army National Guard Ceremonial Unit

    Reserved for
    General Officers (O7 and Above), Colonels (O6), Chief Warrant Officer (W5) and Chief Warrant Officer 4 (W4) Prior to March 1992, Enlisted Pay Grade E9: Sergeant Major, Current or Former members of the MDI Ceremonial Unit

    Consists of

    • Team of 7-21 Soldiers
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
    • Playing of Taps
    • Fold and Present the American Flag
    • Chaplain if requested

Requesting Military Funeral Honors

To request Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, you must be a family member or a representative of the family of the deceased, and possess a copy of the service member's DD214 or official discharge papers.

Click on the link below, complete the fillable PDF form and click "SUBMIT" at the bottom of page 2. To download the form, you may right-click the link and select "save target as."

Request for Military Funeral Honors

Email the service member's DD214 or official discharge papers to ng.in.inarng.list.j9cma-fh@army.mil.
If you downloaded the form and did not fill it out online, be sure to also attach your completed form to the email.

How to Apply for Honor Guard Membership

In order to meet the increasing demand for military funeral honors, the Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) Honor Guard needs you to become part of our team. To apply, you must be an INARNG soldier in good standing with your present unit, and meet U.S. Army height and weight standards outlined in Army Regulation 600-9.

For training, preparation and performance of military funeral honors, soldiers receive a day’s base pay and will be awarded retirement points not exceeding 365.

If you are eligible and interested in applying, please contact us for an application form: ng.in.inarng.list.j9cma-fh@army.mil

Contact Us

Mail


Tyndall Armory
ATTN: Military Funeral Honors
711 N Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone


317-247-3588

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