Leak & Sons Funeral Home
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Exploring Military Funeral Customs

After losing a loved one who served in the military, you should consult with a funeral home that has experience planning military funerals. You are entitled to a military funeral service if you die while on active duty or in the selected reserve, if you die after serving in the military and leaving with an honorable discharge, or were discharged due to injury or disability. Military funeral customs are the same from state to state and cemetery to cemetery.

The funeral casket arrives at the cemetery draped in an American flag, and is carried to the gravesite by a six-man honor guard. A chaplain or pastor conducts the funeral service and committal service, and the honor guard holds the flag above the casket. A seven-person team fires three volleys into the air, and a military bugler then plays “Taps.” The honor guard then ceremoniously folds the flag, and the highest ranking officer then presents it to the family.

If you need assistance arranging a military funeral service near Chicago, IL, come see us at Leak and Sons Funeral Homes. Our compassionate, knowledgeable funeral home staff has extensive experience in making funeral arrangements for members of the military. To learn more about our funeral home and services, call us today at (773) 846-6567.


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