In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000 Military Funeral Honors shall be provided to eligible beneficiaries, upon request of the next of kin or authorized representative. The Military Services shall provide Military Funeral Honors to an eligible beneficiary, consisting of the ceremonial folding and presentation of the American flag and the sounding of "Taps." The ceremony requires a minimum of two uniformed military persons, in addition to a bugler, if available. One of the uniformed military persons shall be a representative of the parent Service of the eligible beneficiary who shall present the flag to the next of kin or other appropriate individual. The Military Services are encouraged to provide additional elements of honors (e.g., a firing party, color guard) and use additional uniformed members or other Authorized Providers to augment the funeral honors detail for this purpose.
On 11 October 2005 the Griswold Mountain Detachment #1121 Military Funeral Honors Detail was formed and we became an Authorized Provider.
Since formation of the Detail we have participated in 206 Military Funeral Honors ceremonies in support of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the California National Guard by providing a Firing Party, "Taps", a Chaplin and Pallbearers, when requested. Our Firing Party uses M1 Garand Rifles, courtesy of local VFW Post # 8743. We are fortunate to have a former Navy Chaplin as a member of our Detachment and have found that most deceased veterans families have appreciated his participation in the ceremony. In addition to supporting the Military Services we have had a number of occasions when we provided the folding and presentation of the American flag, "Taps", Firing Party and Chaplin, when no Military Service or National Guard personnel were available due to deployments or multiple Honors on the same day beyond their capability to support.
The members of the Griswold Mountain Detachment #1121, and particularly the members of the Military Funeral Honors Detail, are proud and privileged to participate in paying a final, dignified tribute to those who have served their country in military service.