At Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, we consider it an honor to serve those who have served our country. We take great pride in providing veterans with respectful, dignified funerals befitting of their service.
In addition to arranging funeral services in keeping with military tradition, we also are specialists at arranging burials for qualified veterans with Arlington National Cemetery, or any other national cemetery of a family’s choosing. Whether here in Houston or afar, we will be pleased to work with you to arrange a beautiful service for the veteran in your family.
A hallmark of funeral services for veterans, the rendering of military funeral honors is a way to show the nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended the country. This ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to its veterans’ families.
The tradition of providing military funeral honors, in some form, began in ancient Greece and Rome. The funeral honors protocol of today traces its roots to these ancient ceremonies as well as to historical American experience.
U.S. law now mandates the rendering of military funeral honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family, provided at no cost by the Department of Defense. We will gladly help you request military funeral honors for your qualifying veteran.
As provided by law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent branch of service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of taps. Taps will be played by a bugler, if available, or by electronic recording.
Who is eligible?
- Military members on active duty
- Military retirees
- Members and former members of the Selected Reserve
- Eligible U.S. veterans of any war
- Other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable
Who is not eligible?
- Individuals discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
- Individuals sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole for a federal or state capital offense
- Other explicit circumstances
With our distinctive expertise, care and compassion, the professionals at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons are the right choice for veterans, active military personnel and their families. Plus, as a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, we also show our support for veterans through special programs such as the Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall and the Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Burial Program.
You honored your country with your service. Now let your funeral service honor you. Click here to watch our video on military funeral honors.