As of January 1, 2000, Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act mandates that the United States Armed Forces shall provide the rendering of honors in a military funeral for any
eligible veteran if requested by his or her family. As mandated by
federal law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of no less
than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a
representative of the parent armed service of the deceased veteran. The
honor guard detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes
the folding and presenting of the flag of the United States to the next of kin and the playing of Taps which will be played by a lone bugler, if available, or by audio recording. Today, there are so few buglers available that the United States Armed Forces often cannot provide one. Reserve and National Guard units to assist with funeral honors duty when necessary.
To learn more about military funerals use the links below.
Military Funeral Honors
Arlington National Cemetery
Customs of Military Funerals