Donel C. Kinnard Honor Guard Association
We provide Military Funeral Honors at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.
Sequence of Events for Military Funeral Honors
- The funeral hearse or van for the urn arrives at grave site, military members present arms (renders a salute).
- Casket team secures the casket or urn, non-commissioned officer-in-charge (NCOIC), officer-in-charge (OIC), and chaplain salute.
- Chaplain leads the way to committal area, followed by casket team.
- Casket team positions the casket and secures the flag.
- The family is seated.
- NCOIC/OIC backs away and the chaplain, military or civilian, will perform the service.
- The cemetery representative will ask all family members to prepare for military honors.
- The NCOIC/OIC calls detail to attention and presents arms to initiate the rifle volley.
- Rifle volley complete; bugler plays “Taps.”
- Casket team leader starts to fold the flag.
- Flag fold complete, and the flag is passed to the NCOIC, OIC.
- The flag is presented to the next of kin.
- NCOIC/OIC presents three spent cartridges to the family representing the three rifle volleys honoring the veterans dedication and service to our country.
- Cemetery representative announces that the service is concluded.