Retiree funerals get a change
November 8, 2007
Air Force Changing Details for Retiree Funerals (AFRNS): Manpower cuts and a high operations tempo, plus more retiree funerals than ever in Air Force history, mean base honor guards Air Force-wide need to change the way they perform retiree funerals.
The formal 10-person funeral no longer will be authorized for retiree funerals. The funeral detail will now consist of seven people who will serve as pallbearers, flag folders, flag presenter, bugler, spare and firing party. This is to provide a 30-percent manpower relief for retiree funeral details and 21-percent manning relief for overall funeral details, Pentagon air staff officials said.
This new funeral sequence has three major differences: the noncommissioned officer in charge of pall bearers also will be the NCO in charge of the funeral; the number of firing party members will be reduced to three; and a spare position will be added.
For more information or questions regarding funeral policy or protocol, call the Pentagon air staff at (703) 604-4928.
At sunrise Sunday, approximately at 7 a.m., a Veterans Day salute will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with members of the veterans organizations at the fairgrounds to receive, fold and burn all worn/torn flags until 2 to 3 p.m. The site location is the east of the grandstands near the livestock barns and new canvas canopied shelter.
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Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is celebrated on the same day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
The holiday is commonly misprinted as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements.
VA clarifies policy on flag-folding recitations
WASHINGTON (Oct. 30) – To ensure burial services at the 125 national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs reflect the wishes of veterans and their families, VA officials have
clarified the Department’s policy about recitations made while the U.S. flag is folded at the gravesite of a veteran.
“Honoring the burial wishes of veterans is one of the highest commitments for the men and women of VA,” said William F. Tuerk, VA’s Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. “A family may request the recitation of words to accompany the meaningful presentation of the American flag as we honor the dedication and sacrifice of their loved ones.”
Traditional gravesite military funeral honors include the silent folding and presentation of an American flag, a 21-gun rifle salute, and the
playing of “Taps.”
The clarification includes the following:
– Volunteer honor guards are authorized to read the so-called “13-fold” flag recitation or any comparable script;
– Survivors of the deceased need to provide material and request it be read by the volunteer honor guards; and
– Volunteer honor guards will accept requests for recitations that reflect any or no religious traditions, on an equal basis.
Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a national cemetery. Other
burial benefits available for all eligible veterans, regardless of
whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or marker.
For information on these programs and/or other veterans’ benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot). Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.
Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.