Honorable and faithful service

My scarcity of late can be attributed to a number of things up to and including the number of military funeral honors we are involved in this week. The memorandum below outlines the verbiage used for military funeral honors ceremonies.  If you’ve ever wondered what is said when a flag is being presented to the family members here it is:

Photo by Bob Morehead

 “One behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

In the 21st Century honorable and faithful service can seem hard to come by, so it should be appreciated.

Carry on with the plan of the day.

Semper Fidelis
America’s SgtMaj

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7 comments

  1. Interesting, I was involved in numerous funeral honors my last year in the Marines for both Veterans and Active Duty Marines. We always used that verbiage but then always added a personal note on the end, usually along the lines that you are always a member of the Marine Corps family etc. I wonder if someone screwed something up for their to be a directive standardizing the exact phrasing.

  2. That has to be one of the hardest, most difficult jobs of any of the military. Notifying and presenting the flag to a hurting family takes special skill, and you are the man to do it justice.

    Thanks and slow hand salute to those brave warriors.

  3. ASM,
    A few weeks ago I went to a service for a family member. He’d been in the USAF and served in Nam. He never said much about it.

    Well, somebody was able to get an AF honor guard to come and do the flag ceremony.
    Out of dozens of folks there, there were only two of us saluting at the correct times.

  4. I am going to toss out a question here.

    My father (USA 1943-1945) is being interred at the VA cemetery in Holly, MI, next Friday. We were tipped off by someone who recently had a family member buried there, that a $10 tip per firing detail member (from a Reserve unit) is expected.

    We can afford the $70 and want to do what’s correct, but…when did this start? Just curious.

  5. Shay, expected by whom? I’d sure like to know. We Marines do not expect nor accept tips for what we consider our duty. I challenge you to ask the local Reserve unit if they are really charging a $70 “tip” for their firing detail.

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