Funeral Honors Program

The Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program started in January 2007, and it is composed of five teams located throughout the state which provide funeral details, not just to National Guard Soldiers but to veterans of the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. They have performed more than 26,866 funeral services throughout the Commonwealth and average almost 190 services each month.

The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors conducts a 40-hour, Level 1 training course once a quarter throughout the fiscal year with Soldier trainers from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Virginia also annually hosts the Level 2 National Training Course and the Level 3 National Recertification Course with Army National Guard Soldiers from around the country.
 

Military Funeral Honors Program News

Virginia National Guard Soldiers participate in Level 1 Funeral Honors training June 23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. Led by the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, the course prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition. Begun in January 2007, the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is composed of six teams located throughout the state which provide funeral details, not just to National Guard Soldiers but to veterans of the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. They have performed more than 28,000 funeral services throughout the Commonwealth and average more than 200 services each month. (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Virginia Guard Soldiers train on basics of Military Funeral Honors
July 28, 2021
Nine Virginia National Guard Soldiers completed Level 1 Funeral Honors training June 20-27, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Led by the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, the course prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition.

The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program hosts basic funeral honors training for 30 U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Fort Eustis-based 7th Transportation Brigade April 21, 2021 at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and one Maryland Army National Guard Soldier provided the five-day training, which covered proper handling of the casket as pall bearers and properly folding and presenting the U.S. flag to the veteran’s next of kin.
Funeral Honors Program hosts training for active-duty Soldiers
May 4, 2021
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program hosted basic funeral honors training for 30 U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Fort Eustis-based 7th Transportation Brigade April 19-23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Jason Cain (right), a Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, is one of fours finalists in the ARNG National Honor Guard Soldier of the Year competition Oct. 2, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. (Courtesy photo)
Va. troop 2nd runner up in ARNG Honor Guard Soldier of Year competition
Oct. 29, 2019
RICHMOND, Virginia — Staff Sgt. Jason Cain, a Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the 29th Infantry Division Band who serves with the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, was the second runner up in the inaugural Army National Guard National Honor Guard Soldier of the Year competition and was honored by Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, the National Guard Bureau Senior Enlisted Advisor, Oct. 2, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Kepner also recognized Cain as the ARNG National Honor Guard Soldier of the Quarter for the fourth quarter.

Contact Military Funeral Honors

State Coordinator
  • 434-480-2599
Program Federal Technician
  • 434-480-7468
Training NCO
  • 434-294-0608
Hampton Roads Area Coordinator
  • 434-298-8513
Petersburg Area Coordinator
  • 434-480-7469
Fredericksburg Area Coordinator
  • 434-294-0904
Roanoke Area Coordinator
  • 434-264-2933
Shenandoah Area Coordinator
  • 434-264-6114
Bristol Area Coordinator
  • 276-634-7485