To all Maine Cemetery Caretakers,
Maine Veterans are now entitled to appropriate Military Funeral Honors. There are no costs for these services.
Due to the outstanding efforts of Veterans, Veteran’s Families, Veterans Service Organizations and concerned citizens … Military Funeral Honors is now an entitlement for all honorably discharged Veterans.
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for United States Armed Forces Veterans is a tribute that our Veterans and their families justly deserve and in fact, are now entitled to. It is a way to show our Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. Section 578 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000 requires the Department of Defense to provide, upon request, Military Funeral Honors for eligible Veterans.
The Maine Military Funeral Honors Program began performing Military Funeral Honors Ceremonies for Maine’s Veterans in late 2004. Since its inception, we have performed over 5000 Military Funeral Honors Ceremonies from Fort Kent to Kittery and eastern Canada.
According to the Maine Veteran’s Administration, Maine is losing nearly 4000 Veterans a year, (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps and Merchant Marines). This rate is expected to continue with very slow reductions through the year 2030. Any person, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Merchant Marines, who received an honorable discharge, is now entitled to an appropriate Military Funeral Honors Ceremony performed by US Military active duty service members.
It does not matter when a Veteran passed away … 5, 10 or 100 years ago. We will attempt to “make it right” and recognize their honorable service to our country. We will provide appropriate Military Funeral Honors for any honorably discharged Veteran … anywhere, any time.
Before the law passed, many Veterans did not receive a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony or acknowledgement and appreciation for their service to their country. The Maine Militarv Funeral Honors Team is prepared to right this wrong by providing appropriate Military Honors to any honorably discharged Veteran who was not honored at the time of death. A family member needs only call and request this service.
Standards: The currently serving, US Military members of the Maine Military Funeral Honors Team are trained to the highest possible standards. Military Funeral Honors is their full time duty. The Service Members selected to perform these ceremonies for Maine’s Veterans are extremely proud of what they are doing. They, as our Veterans, are Maine citizens and have the utmost respect and admiration for those who served before them.
We currently have 9 Military Funeral Honors Trainers on the team who have all attended a 2 week course and have been certified as instructors. Veterans of Maine will receive a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony performed to the same high standard as those ceremonies being performed at Arlington National Cemetery. Maine Veterans deserve no less than perfection.
I strongly encourage all Veterans residing in Maine to allow these dedicated members of the United States Military to perform this ceremony and to simply express our appreciation for their dedicated service to our country. Again, there are no costs what so ever associated with this program.
“Whenever individuals decide to join the Armed Forces of the United States they promise to put themselves between the people of the United States and those who would harm us. To honor this promise and sacrifice, we are committed to doing all that we can to support our Veterans & the families of those Veterans.”
Please pass this information on to all Veterans in your community. For more information about the Maine Military Funeral Honors Program or Military Funeral Honors in general, Families and Veterans may visit our web site at www.funeralhonors.org or call the State Coordinator in Augusta at 1-800-958-5967 toll free.
Please pass the word. Thank you for your support.
Mr. Frank -R. Norwood
Maine Military Funeral Honors Coordinator
Office toll free: 1-800-958-5967 Office: 207-626-7822 Cell: 703-901-8531 FAX: 207-626-7804
Web site: www.funeralhonors.org
“Honoring those who served”