Frequently Asked Questions
What is Military Funeral Honors?
Military Funeral Honors have always been provided whenever possible. However, the law now mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family. As provided by law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by electronic recording. Today, there are so few buglers available that the Military Services often cannot provide one.
How Much Do Funeral Honors Cost?
Funeral honors are provided FREE of charge. Families interested in receiving Funeral Honors should coordinate with their funeral director or with the State Coordinator directly. Mr. Richard Hutchinson will explain the process to any party that has questions about the rendering of Funeral Honors.
How Can I Help This Program?
The Funeral Honors Program is honored to serve YOU. If you feel inclined to help, please get the word out that the Maine Funeral Honors Program is here to serve Veterans and their families.
We are not allowed to accept donations. If families would like to donate on behalf of a loved one to a local patriotic organization, they may send their donation directly to The Augusta Emblem Club. This organization supports Veterans and patriotic causes around the state of Maine.
The Augusta Emblem Club #233
PO Box 206
Augusta, ME 04332-0206