Illinois Military Funeral Honors
Department of Military Affairs
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62702
217-761-3873
or
217-761-3689
Fax: 217-761-2603
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Numbers for Funeral Directors to call
Army, 800-350-7746
Navy, 877-478-3988
Air Force, 618-256-4586
Marines, 866-826-3628
Coast Guard, 216-902-6269
Military Funeral and Honors


Mission

Honor Guard Pall Bearers

Our mission is to render professional Military Funeral Honors, in accordance with service tradition, to all eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member.

Funeral Honors

The Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG) performs all military funerals in accordance with the Army National Guard Standard Operating Procedures for Military Funeral Honors. The most common military funeral is the standard honors. The standard Military Funeral Honors ceremony consists of the playing of Taps and the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veteran's family. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the ILARNG. Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version.

To obtain military funeral honors, proof of service must be provided. Typically, this proof will be in the form of discharge papers such as a DD 214 (Active Duty) or NGB 22 (National Guard). This documentation should be given to the funeral home you have selected. The funeral home will contact the Casualty Area Command (CAC) (1-800-350-7746). The CAC will then locate a funeral honors team in your area to provide services at your veteran's funeral. If you are not using a funeral home, please call our office at (217) 761-3873.

For information on burial benefits, such as eligibility to be laid to rest in a National Cemetery, please visit www.va.gov



Standard Honors Team Detail

Reserved for:
  • Veterans that receive a military discharge that was honorable, other than honorable, or general
  • and consist of:
    • Team of 2-3 Soldiers
    • Playing of Taps
    • Folding and Presentation of the American Flag


Nine Soldier Detail

Reserved for:
  • Retired Service Members, Active, National Guard, and Reserve Soldiers not Killed in Action and consist of:
    • Team of 9 Soldiers
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
    • Playing of Taps
    • Folding and Presentation of the American Flag


Full Military Honors Detail

Reserved for:
  • Enlisted Pay Grade E9, General Officers (07 and Above), Medal of Honor Recipients, and Service Members Killed in Action and consist of:
    • Team of 16-21 Soldiers
    • 6 Soldier Bearer Detail
    • 3 Volleys of Rifle Fire
    • Playing of Taps
    • Folding and Presentation of the American Flag