Honoring those who served… One Family at a time
To request honors a family member or their authorized representative is encouraged to notify the funeral director or service coordinator of their desire to have Military Funeral Honors rendered at the interment of their loved one.
The funeral director or service coordinator will then contact the appropriate branch of service Honor Guard Office to make arraignments.
Military Funeral Honors may be requested to be performed
in a place of worship, funeral home, or cemetery.
For any questions please contact us at: 1-866-280-7542 or 501-212-6031
Honor Guard Offices will provide, or arrange for funeral honors
for all Army Veterans who are eligible.
The eligibility process begins with the Funeral Director contacting
CAC or an AR ARNG MFH office via telephone or fax.
Services may be requested to be performed
in a church, funeral home, or cemetery.
These services will be provided at the request
of a family member or authorized representative.
Veterans may only receive Honors one time.
Military Funeral Honors General Information
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NG PAM 95-5
In 1936, King George V received the first recorded fly-past for a non-RAF funeral. The United States adopted the tradition in 1938 during the funeral for Major General Oscar Westover with over 50 aircraft and one blank file. By the end of World War II, the missing man formation had evolved to include the pull-up. In April 1954, United States Air Force General Hoyt Vandenberg was buried at Arlington National Cemetery without the traditional horse-drawn artillery caisson. Instead, Vandenberg was honored by a flyover of jet aircraft with one plane missing from the formation.
Several variants of the formation are seen. The formation most commonly used in the United States is based on the "finger-four" aircraft combat formation composed of two, two-aircraft elements. The aircraft fly in a V-shape with the flight leader at the point and his wingman on his left. The second element leader and his wingman fly to his right. The formation flies over the ceremony low enough to be clearly seen and the element leader abruptly pulls up out of the formation while the rest of the formation continues in level flight until all aircraft are out of sight.
In an older variant the formation is flown with one position conspicuously empty. In another variation, the flight approaches from the south, preferably near sundown, and one of the aircraft will suddenly split off to the west, flying into the sunset.
In all cases, the aircraft performing the pull-up, split off, or missing from the formation, represents the fact that the person (or persons) being honored has died.
Military Funeral Honors Recruits
Military Funeral Honors Resources
Military Funeral Honors Links
Military Service Record Request
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Casualty Assistance Center
DoD MFH Website
Arkansas State Program Manager
Arkansas State Coordinator
Central Area Coordinator
West Area Coordinator
East Area Coordinator
Honor Guard Supply/Training NCO