Public law, Title 10, United states Code, section 1491, provides that all veterans who served their country in military service under conditions not dishonorable are entitled to military funeral honors which are defined as: “The ceremonial paying of respect and the final demonstration of the country’s gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our nation”. The Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration have authorized veteran’s organizations such as the VFW, American Legion and Marine Corp League to conduct military funeral honors at a veteran’s funeral services.
VFW Post 4108 Honor Guard provides military honors at all veteran funerals, memorial services and celebrations of life, as requested by the families. The ceremony includes a 3 rifle volley, the sounding of Taps, and the presentation of 3 expended rounds signifying the deceased veterans sacrifice to Duty, Honor and Country. In addition, an Honor Guard from the veterans branch of service presents a folded flag to the family. If an Honor Guard is not available from the veteran’s branch of service, VFW Post 4108 Honor Guard personnel perform the ceremony of folding and presenting the flag.
The VFW Post 4108 Honor Guard volunteers are distinguished by their black and white uniforms with red braids and red ascots. While we do not charge for these services, we do accept donations, the proceeds of which are used to offset expenses for uniforms, equipment and other expenses incurred by the Honor Guard volunteers.
Veterans burial benefits checklist
Send checks to VFW Post 4108, P.O. Box 1685, Redmond, Oregon 97756. Checks should be made out to “VFW Post 4108”. In the Memo line show “honor guard donation”.