Funeral Honors Division
MISSION: NSA Philadelphia Funeral Honors Support is paying respect and the final demonstration of our country’s gratitude to those who have faithfully defended the nation. The Navy’s FHS recognizes and commemorates the honorable service of deceased Navy personnel: active, retired and reserve forces. The practice of rendering funeral honors is considered to be a solemn and sacred obligation and a total force mission.
VISION: Render professional and dignified military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition, to all eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member or representative. Ensure all veterans have the opportunity to receive the honors they deserve. Ensure the process to request honors is as efficient and effective as possible.
The Military Funeral Honors program establishes procedures for requesting and rendering military funeral honors. 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 veteran’s service branch. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the playing of taps and the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by a ceremonial bugle. The Department of Defense funeral honors detail may be augmented by a veteran service organization to provide additional elements, such as a rifle detail or pallbearers.