Military Funeral Honors with Escort
Those military members who obtained the grade of E-9, CW-4 and CW-5, and O-4 and above or service members, regardless of rank who receive the Medal of Honor or who are killed in action, may receive military funeral honors with funeral escorts provided by the decedent's branch of service.
The elements of military funeral honors with escort include:
A casket team (body bearers/pallbearers)
- A firing party
- A bugler
- Folding of and Presentation of our National Colors
- An escort element (size varies according to the rank of the deceased)
- A military band
Additionally, those eligible for funeral escort at Arlington National Cemetery may request the caisson, if available.
Officers in the rank of colonel and above in the Army and the Marine Corps may be provided a caparisoned (riderless) horse, if available.
General/flag officers of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard may receive a cannon salute (17 guns for a four-star general, 15 for a three-star, 13 for a two-star, 11 for a one-star), if available. Minute Guns may be used for general officers/flag officers of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The President of the United States is entitled to a 21-gun salute, while other high state officials receive 19 guns.
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.