Military Funeral Honors is now an ENTITLEMENT for all honorably discharged Veterans. The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for United States Armed Forces Veterans is a tribute that our Veterans and their families justly deserve and in fact, are now entitled to. It is a way to show our Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. Section 578 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000 requires the Department of Defense to provide, upon request, Military Funeral Honors for eligible Veterans.
“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”
About The Maine Funeral Honors Program
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful Nation can provide to the veterans’ families. This website will provide the general public with information on Military Funeral Honors, as well as helpful links to related military and veterans issues web sites. In addition, the website will also serve as a resource tool for funeral directors as they assist veterans’ families in arranging for Military Funeral Honors.
“How do I request Military Funeral Honors?”
Family members of the deceased Veteran should notify the Funeral Director of their desire to have Military Funeral Honors rendered at the internment for their loved one. The Funeral Director should contact the appropriate military branch as listed below.
For Army Veterans call the Maine Military Funeral Honors Coordinator:
Toll free phone number: 1-800-958-5967
Cell: (703) 901-8531
Fax: (207) 626-7804
United States Marine Corps:
United States Navy:
United States Air Force Military Funeral Honors:
Hanscom Air Force Base Patriot Honor Guard:
The Superintendent at Hanscom Air Force Base is Master Sergeant Aaron Marley
Bangor Air National Guard Honor Guard:
SSgt Erin Hartley
Office Phone: (207) 404-7263
24 hour cell phone is (207) 852-0396
Problems or emergencies:
Lieutenant Colonel Thor Noyes, Maine Air National Guard
United States Coast Guard:
If you have a problem acquiring Military Funeral Honors for ANY eligible Veteran, do not hesitate to call the Maine Military Funeral Honors Coordinator.
“Whenever individuals decide to join the Armed Forces of the United States they promise to put themselves between the people of the United States and those who would harm us. To honor this promise and sacrifice, we are committed to doing all that we can to support our deceased Veterans & the families of those Veterans.”