DAYTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Our Mission:

  • The Honor Squad assists the Department of Defenseís (DoD) military funeral detail by providing the rifle salute. Together with the DoDís uniformed military personnel from the veteranís branch of service that fold and present the U.S. burial flag and play Taps, the Honor Squad ensures that full military funeral honors are provided to eligible military veterans at the Dayton National Cemetery.


Funeral Honors:

  • The Department of Defense organizes an honor team which performs military funeral honors, including the playing of TAPS, folding the American flag, and the presentation of the flag to the deceased's next of kin. The Honor Squad supplements this team by firing a three-round rifle volley, as well as provides the duties of the DoD when they are not available and other acts which serve to provide veterans with full military honors.

Rifle Salute History:

  • The three-round rifle volley originiated in 17th Century Europe during the Dynastic Wars. This traditional battle ceasefire is where each side would clear the dead. The firing of three volleys indicated the dead were cleared and properly cared for.


Formation:

The Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad debuted on Memorial Day, 2015. Prior to its forming, 90% of veterans interred at the Dayton National Cemetery did NOT receive full military honors. Since that date, 100% of veterans buried recieve full military honors.

 

For the PBS video link on the Honor Squad formation, please click the following link:

PBS Dayton Honor Squad Video

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Volunteer Members:

The Honor Squad proudly represents and accepts veterans from all branches of the military, as well as civilians that have never served. With a wide range of volunteers, new members are likely to fit in and find comfort in honoring our veterans. Interested in joining us? Click on the JOIN link to find out more information.

 

 

 

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