Honoring Veterans

"Rockmart's only locally owned and operated funeral home."

We're proud to do our part in honoring our country's veterans, and giving back to those whose sacrifice and patriotism define our great nation. Our duty is to provide you and your family with professional and dignified assistance during your time of need, and to support you in honoring your loved one for their dedication and selfless service.

We would be honored to help you make arrangements for any combination of traditional military tributes.

Traditional Elements & Honors

Standard honor military funerals can include:

  • A military chaplain for family members
  • The US flag draped over the casket, and given to the next of kin following the service
  • A ceremonial guard serving as pallbearers
  • Casket transportation via horse-drawn limbers and caissons for service members with a non-commissioned grade of E=9 and above, or a hearse in all other cases
  • A flyover by fighter jets in missing man formation
  • A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party consisting of an odd number of 3-7 service members
  • The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording
  • A Final Salute at the gravesite

Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:

  • A riderless horse, symbolic of a fallen leader, follows the limbers and caissons for commanding officers of O-6 (Colonel/Captain) and above
  • Depending on their rank, general officers and flag officers receive an 11- to 17-gun salute
  • A military band and an escort platoon participate


Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

  • A Presidential Memorial Certificate. This is a certificate expressing the nation's recognition of the veteran's service. The veteran's name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.

  • Headstones or Markers. The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.

  • Memorial Plots. If an eligible veteran's remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.

  • Burial in a VA National Cemetery. This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave,a grave box, and perpetual care.

  • Reimbursement of Burial Expenses. For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.


Additional Resources

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:

Military Funeral Etiquette

Military funerals are solemn occasions held to commemorate the lives of those who have served their country. The purpose of a military funeral is to be a formal and respectful event, which includes proper military etiquette for the mourners. Military funerals usually take place at a military base or cemetery, and they are open to the public. How to act appropriately during the event:

  • When attending a military funeral, it is important to be respectful and follow proper etiquette. Military funerals are formal occasions, and mourners should dress accordingly. Men should wear a suit or dress coat with a tie, and women should wear a dress or skirt and blouse.
  •  It is also important to arrive on time. Military funerals often include a procession of vehicles, and guests should line up behind the hearse. Guests should not drive in front of the hearse or try to pass it during the procession.
  •  During the service, guests should remain standing unless instructed otherwise. Military funerals often include gun salutes and honor guards, so it is important to be aware of your surroundings and stand clear of any areas where firearms are being discharged.

At the end of the service, guests should file past the casket and pay their respects to the family. It is appropriate to shake the hand of the deceased's spouse or partner and any other immediate family members who are receiving guests.

Saluting Etiquette During a Military Funeral

When attending a military funeral, there are certain etiquette rules that should be followed in regards to saluting. Military funerals are a solemn occasion meant to honor the fallen soldier, and as such, everyone in attendance should show the utmost respect.

For military members:

  • When the casket is carried into or out of the hearse.
  • When the casket is carried into or out of the church or chapel.
  • During the playing of Taps.
  • During the rifle volley salute.
  • While the casket is being lowered into the grave

For non-military friends and family, they don’t need to salute. They need to remove their hats if they have them on. They can also place something over the heart while saluting to show respect for what is happening in this moment of ceremony or celebration with you!

The 3 Volley Salute in Military Funeral

Military funerals are a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries. They are a way to honor our fallen heroes and show respect for their service and sacrifice. One of the most recognizable elements of a military funeral is the three-volley salute.

The three-volley salute is typically given by seven riflemen firing three volleys each. The first volley is traditionally given as a signal that the deceased is gone and will not be returning. The second and third volleys are to honor the deceased's life and service.

The 21-gun salute is reserved for heads of state and other dignitaries. It is not typically given at a military funeral.

If you are attending a military funeral, be sure to stand and remove your hat during the three-volley salute. This is a sign of respect for the fallen service member and their family.

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