Military Funeral Honors Sequence of Events

Sequence of Events for Military Funeral Honors Arlington National Cemetery

  • The caisson or funeral coach arrives at gravesite, military members present arms (renders a salute).
  • Casket team secures the casket, non-commissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC), officer-in-charge (OIC), and chaplain salute.
  • Chaplain leads the way to gravesite, followed by casket team.
  • Casket team sets down the casket and secures the flag.
  • The NCOIC/OIC ensures the flag is stretched out and level, and centered over the casket.
  • The family is seated.
  • NCOIC/OIC backs away and the chaplain, military or civilian, will perform the service.
  • At conclusion of interment service and before benediction, a cannon salute is fired for those eligible (i.e., general officers).
  • Chaplain concludes his service and backs away, NCOIC/OIC steps up to the casket.
  • The cemetery representative will ask all family members to rise for honors.
  • The NCOIC/OIC presents arms to initiate the rifle volley.
  • Rifle volley complete; bugler plays “Taps.”
  • Family will be asked to be seated.
  • Casket team leader starts to fold the flag.
  • Flag fold complete, and the flag is passed to the NCOIC, OIC.
  • Casket team leaves gravesite.
  • The flag is presented to the next of kin.
  • For veterans of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, an Arlington Lady presents cards of condolence to the next of kin on behalf of their service chief and the lady herself.
  • Chaplain/family clergy extend condolences.
  • Cemetery representative announces that the service is concluded.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Attending-a-Funeral/Sequence-of-Events-for-Military-Funeral-Honors

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