The American Legion places a high priority on honoring and remembering those who dedicated their lives to keeping our nation safe.
This information page will provide American Legion Posts in Utah with the new point of contact for the Utah Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Office, located at Camp Williams, Utah. Posts can coordinate military funeral honors, request MFH training, and coordinate payment through the Utah Army National Guard when Military Funeral Honors are conducted as a team effort with the uniformed Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors team, or services are requested of the American Legion by that office.
- The civilian supervisor for the Utah Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Office is Steve Vogl. His office telephone number is (801) 234-0731, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit information for funeral payment please contact SFC Randy Cox at 801-432-4204 or email@example.com.
- Historically, Department of Defense (DOD) has funded military funeral honors conducted by Veteran Service Organizations at $50.00 per funeral. Funding was lost for several years and was reinstated a couple of years ago. The Utah Army National Guard has paid several American Legion Posts in Utah the past two years.
- As of October 1, 2014, how the Utah Army National Guard and other services conduct military funeral honors will change. The Utah Army National Guard will only be authorized to perform military funeral honors for members who served in the Army Air Corps, active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. All other services will be responsible for performing military funeral honors for former members of their service branch (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard). Each service is funded for the Military Funeral Honors program, and coordination must take place with their local MFH offices.
- Coordination by the American Legion Department of Utah with other services (Air Force and Navy) has not been done at this point in time. As time and resources become available, more information may be forthcoming.
- Recommend each American Legion Post keep track of any military funeral honor conducted (date, name of deceased, cemetery location, service provided). Each Post that performs Military Funeral Honors should contact Ms Cravinhos with the Post’s MFH point of contact, phone number, address, what communities are supported, and capabilities (rifle team, bugle, flag folding).
- Requests for training from the Utah Army National Guard MFH Team on flag folding techniques, rifle team, and bugle protocols are highly recommended. The Utah Army National Guard MFH Team is trained by the National Arlington Cemetery trainers. Annual training would keep Legionnaires’ skills up to date and encourage participation by others in the community by inviting other veterans groups, fire and police departments, Eagle Scouts, etc.) to this training when scheduled.
- The Utah Army National Guard has been paying Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) on an annual basis, with close coordination for accuracy. Do not assume the uniformed personnel know the difference between American Legion, VFW, and other VSOs. Before each funeral, talk with the uniformed personnel and make sure they have the correct information about your Post.
- REFERENCE: The American Legion 2019 Officer’s Guide & Manual of Ceremonies, pages 64-65.
Flag presentation verbiage change (2012):
Update of Veteran funeral flag presentation verbiage (2012). Effective immediately, flag presentation verbiage for military funeral honors ceremonies conducted by the Department of Defense will be standardized. The following verbiage will be used when presenting the American flag during the funeral service: "On behalf of the President of the United States, (the United States Army; the United States Marine Corps; the United States Navy; or the United States Air Force), and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."