Many families still do not know that since Jan. 1, 2000, every armed forces veteran and member on active duty or in the active reserve has had the right to be buried with patriotic flourishes provided by a military honor guard. On that date, Military Funeral Honors became a statutory benefit to all veterans with the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act. The law requires that, upon the family’s request, every eligible veteran is entitled to receive a military funeral honors ceremony to include folding, presentation of the United States burial flag and the sounding of taps, at no cost to the family.
The American Legion has performed thousands of burial ceremonies annually for the families of veterans throughout their history. As members of The American Legion in assisting the United States Government we strive to conform to the DOD’s methods of conduct. In working together, we honor, in the highest traditions of American military service, those who have gone before. In doing so, all the requirements for a reverent, respectful, and dignified ceremony are met.
Honor Guard Services – For Funeral Honors, start by clicking this link https://dema.az.gov/army-national-guard/arizona-military-honors as well as requesting the service through your funeral home provider. For all other requests for Honor Guard services, please contact American Legion Post 44 commander by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-941-0130
We of Post 44’s Honor Guard have shared an honored tradition for many years. The opportunity to join is offered to all Post members willing, and able to serve. let us give our veterans not only a tribute but individual recognition for his or her service to their country, and for some, it may have been the ultimate sacrifice. Let us honor them the way they honored their country, and to never forget those who did not come home.
The duties of our Honor Guard, Rifle Squads, and Flag Bearers include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide military rites for deceased honorably discharged Veterans.
- Participate in local parades with walking teams, and floats.
- Participate in Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Flag Day , Memorial Day ceremonies, Flag Retirement ceremonies, and others.