No Veteran of the United States of America Armed Forces will be denied their well-deserved military memorial honors upon their death.
No person was ever honored for what he received,
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Each and every member of the Post’s Honor Guard considers it an honor to volunteer their time for presenting military honors to deceased veterans at their funeral. In addition the Honor Guard also performs many different flag dedications throughout the year as well as military services on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and marching in 4th of July parades.
The History of the 21 Gun Salute
The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again.
The fact that the firing party consists of seven riflemen, firing these volleys does not constitute a 21-gun-salute. It is the three volleys that are significant, not the number of rifles. Three volleys fired over the casket have become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country.
Firing the three volleys over the casket is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran. Our nation’s highest honor is a flag draped over the casket, folded and presented. Tradition is to place three spent shell casings inside the folded flag to prove now and forevermore that the deceased and his flag have had proper military honors. Nothing else is to be placed inside the flag.