1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 2, 2020 9:40 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Can we play Taps at his funeral?


      My dad served his full 2-year term as a Marine Reservist. Can we play Taps at his funeral? 

        • Re: Can we play Taps at his funeral?
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Young,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          If you desire a military funeral honors detail, please see Military Funeral Honors Eligibility. For contact information to request a military funeral honor, see the Military Funeral Honor Directory. Most funeral homes and/or cemeteries should be able to assist you with this process.


          If you do not already have a DD-214 or other proof of service, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and prior to 1999 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NRPC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Request Military Service Records. 


          Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764


          Please be advised that because of a shortage of active duty buglers, many military honors details used recorded versions of taps or a ceremonial bugle. You also may wish to contact organizations such as Bugles Across America to arrange for a bugler.


          There are also no rules against family or friends playing taps at a funeral or arranging for local buglers to play, at their own discretion.


          However,  please note that at the present there may be restrictions in your area on military honors and other customary funeral practices due to the ongoing COVID19 public health restrictions. We suggest that you ask the funeral home and cemetery to advise you of any special rules or guidance for your area.


          We hope this information is helpful.