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