Military Funerals

Military Funerals; Military Burials Colorado

Rev. Christopher Mohr, Funeral/Memorial Minister/Officiant/MC

Our service men and women often have military funerals or memorial services that begin at a chapel or other location and end at one of the national cemeteries along the Colorado Front Range. Rev. Chris Mohr has performed dozens of funerals and memorials for veterans and helps give special honor to those who have risked or given their lives for our country. We also offer a 5% discount to services when honoring our military veterans.

The United States Armed Forces provides the rendering of honors in military burials for any eligible veteran if requested by the family. An honor guard for the burial of an eligible veteran includes at least two members of the Armed Forces (one a representative of the parent armed service of the deceased veteran). The honor guard detail will, at a minimum, perform a brief post-funeral graveside ceremony which includes folding and presenting the flag of the United States to the next of kin and playing Taps by a lone bugler or by audio recording. Today, there are so few buglers available that the United States Armed Forces sometimes cannot provide one.

Standard honor military funerals include:

A casket draped in the flag of the United States and as a pall.

A casket team serving as honor guards in a ceremonial role over the remains and as pallbearers.

For funerals of service members with a non-commissioned grade of E-9 and above, the casket is transported via a horse-drawn limbers and caissons. For all other funerals, the casket is transported using a hearse.

Fighter jets in missing man formation by the United States Air Force may perform an aerial flyover.

The formation of a rifle party consisting of an odd number of service members, between 3 to 7, will fire a three-volley salute (size varies according to the rank of the deceased).

The playing of Taps is played 30 to 50 yards from the grave site while a “Final Salute” is offered.

Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:

For funerals of commanding officers of O-6 (Colonel/Captain) and above, a riderless horse, symbolizing a fallen leader, will follow the limbers and caissons.

For funerals of general officers and flag officers of O-10 (four-star rank), a 17 gun salute is fired; O-9 (three-star rank), a 15 gun salute is fired; O-8 (two-star rank), a 13 gun salute is fired; O-7 (one-star rank), a 11 gun salute is fired.

A military band and an escort platoon participate (size varies according to the rank of the deceased).

Armed forces military funerals include all standard and full honors in addition to the following:

Escort platoons from all five branches of the United States Armed Forces participate.

When a spouse or other dependent of a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces is buried, the military service in which the primary party served will provide a casket team and a chaplain. No other military honors will be rendered unless the spouse served in the military.

Often, three spent shell-casings, each representing one of three volleys, are slipped into the folds of the flag before its presentation to the next of kin. When the flag is completely folded, the stars point upwards, which remind Americans of their national motto, In God We Trust.

An honor guard composed of one or more branches of the United States Armed Forces, presents the flag to the next of kin. The presenter, if possible a member of the same service as the deceased, will generally kneel while presenting the folded flag, with the straight edge of the flag facing the recipient. The presenter then recites the following wording:

On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Air Force), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.

Ramp ceremonies

A “ramp ceremony” is a memorial ceremony, not an actual funeral, for a soldier killed in a war zone held at an airfield near or in a location where an airplane is waiting nearby to take the deceased’s remains to his or her home country. The term has been in use since about 2005 and became common during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our regular funeral service options can be customized for military memorials. Please ask about our 5% discount from Rev Chris Mohr for military personnel.