funerarios y funerarios a los miembros actuales y anteriores de las Fuerzas Armadas de los EE. Esto incluye honores funerarios militares para cada veterano militar elegible, a solicitud de la familia. Este artículo ofrece un resumen de las ceremonias de honores funerarios militares disponibles para los veteranos y quién es elegible para recibirlas.
¿Qué son los honores funerarios militares?
El Departamento de Defensa de los EE. UU. Supervisa y administra el programa de honores funerarios militares, que brinda un reconocimiento digno del servicio y el sacrificio realizado por un veterano militar fallecido , ya sea en servicio activo o dado de baja con honores, después de su muerte. Estos honores se brindan sin costo para la familia en nombre de una nación agradecida.
Conocido como el programa “Honrar a los que sirvieron”, o simplemente “honores funerarios militares”, los servicios incluyen lo siguiente, como mínimo :
- La presencia de un detalle de dos personas, como mínimo, en uniforme militar . Al menos uno de estos individuos representará la rama principal del servicio militar del difunto , es decir, el Ejército, la Armada, los Marines, etc.
- The playing of “Taps,” either via a live bugler or via a special “ceremonial bugle” that plays a recorded version of the song electronically. (The recording was taken from an actual burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s premier national cemetery for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.)
- The ceremonial folding of the American flag and presentation to the next-of-kin or appropriate family member by the uniformed individual representing the deceased’s parent branch of military service.
Other Military Funeral Honors Available
As noted above, every eligible military veteran is entitled to a uniformed military detail, the playing of “Taps,” and the folding/presentation of the American flag to the next-of-kin or appropriate family member, at a minimum. Additional military funeral honors exist, however, but cannot be guaranteed due to limitations on available personnel and resources. These additional honors might include:
- A rifle detail
- A flag-bearing color guard
- Service-connected pallbearers
- A caisson to carry the deceased
- A flyover by military aircraft
Again, please note that the availability of any of these additional military funeral honors is subject to the availability of personnel and resources. Therefore, while families may request these services for the committal of loved ones, there is no guarantee that your funeral provider, cemetery or the federal government can provide them.
Who Is Eligible for Military Funeral Honors?
In general, anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and died either during active duty or after he or she was honorably discharged is eligible for military funeral honors. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, families may request military funeral honors for the following deceased loved ones:
- Military members who died while on active duty or in the Selected Reserve
- Former military members who served on active duty or in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
- Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
In addition, the U.S. federal government has authorized military funeral honors for certain other military and civilian groups, such as the American Merchant Marines during World War II, and members of the National Guard. For more information about a veteran’s eligibility for military funeral honors, please visit the DOD’s eligibility page; and a PDF listing other eligible military and civilian groups is also available.