1. From modest to elaborate, military funeral honors detail consists a minimum of how many uniformed members of the military:
2. Military customs observed have changed little over the years, however, the ceremonies have changed with the times.
3. Dating back to the Revolutionary War, pressure from the public led Congress to enact legislation for the caring of the war dead.
4. It was during this war that the beginnings of military funeral honors were provided by the military whenever the situation provided the opportunity.
5. The Seminole War was one of the wars that set major precedents in caring for the war dead, as follows:
6. Even though it was almost impossible to implement due to the nature of this war, the Civil War did bring new regulation on the handling of the remains of the war dead by providing:
7. At the end of the Civil War, regulations stated:
8. The National Cemetery system was established prior to the Civil War.
9. The Army Burial Corp was formed to meet the demands of the public to return the remains of the solider in this year.
10. This war determined that the care of the war dead belonged solely to the government and families would no longer have to provide for the shipment of loved ones.
11. The Graves Registration Service (GRS) was formed during World War II.
12. In this year, Congress called for the selection of an unknown solider to be interred in the United States:
13. During World War II, chaplains were recruited to provide funeral services for those killed and funerals were held at the end of every day.
14. During the Korean War, a vast improvement was made in reducing the amount of time in processing remains from 2-6 years during World War II to 30 days.
15. One of the accomplishments of the Graves Registration Service (GRS) occurred during the Vietnam War wherein this service achieved a 96% recovery rate of the war dead.
16. The firing of three volleys over the grave of a solider can be traced back to the Roman Empire.
17. The firing of three volleys had a dual purpose, one of which was to signal the end of cease-fire agreements that were often negotiated to allow for the burial of the dead.
18. In 1891, the playing of Taps at the funeral of soldiers killed in action was entered into regulations.
19. The flag-draped casket has the blue field of the flag placed at the head of the casket, over the right shoulder of the deceased.
20. The Department of Defense (DOD) standardized the flag presentation language for military funeral honors ceremonies in this year:
21. Even today the “caparisoned horse” is a tradition that is continued at Arlington National Cemetery.