Many elements come into play for a veteran's funeral

  • Honor guard: One of the highest honors an honor guard unit has is to escort a fallen hero to his or her final resting place.
  • Flag-draped casket: The United States flag drapes the casket during a veteran's memorial service, in a moving tribute to a life of service.
  • Presentation of the flag to the family: In one of the most solemn and meaningful moments of the service, the honor guard carefully folds the flag, treating it with the utmost respect before handing it to the veteran's closest family member.
  • Volley: The honor guard fires the volley and plays Taps to bring the service to a close.