The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for deceased members of the United States Armed Forces is a tribute that our nation's Veterans richly deserve. Legislation providing for resources for this program conducted by the Missouri National Guard became effective in July 1999. Family members of the deceased Veteran should first notify their Funeral Director of their desire to have military funeral honors rendered at the deceased Veteran's commital. However, during a time such as this, the local VFW may well know the deceased Veteran and can either prompt the Funeral Director to make the inquiry to the family or the VFW representative can make the inquiry directly to the family. A copy of the deceased Veteran's DD-214 should be provided to the Funeral Director who will then complete a simple form and contact the Missouri Military Funeral Honors Program at 1-877-221-6361.
A brochure can be obtained from the Office of the Adjutant General 2302 Militia Drive Jefferson City, MO 65101-1203 phone 1-877-221-6361.
The "Lima Team" from West Plains is pictured at the funeral for World War II Veteran James Lawson. Team members are (left-right): Sergeant Cody Weeks, Private First Class Craig Behrens, Bugler Russell Kormeier, Mater Sergeant Brent VanAalsburg, Sergeant First Class Danny Brown and Private First Class Brandon Sewell. These professional military men provided an exceptional service which made everyone proud to be an American as we said our good-by to James Lawson of VFW Post 3009.
Submitted by Bill Moriarty and Ed Hawley