Funeral Services Info

Full & Enhanced Military Funeral Honors at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery

How do I request enhanced military honors as Camp Nelson?

All Military funeral honors must be arrange through the Funeral Director. You must have a copy of the deceased’s DD214. The Funeral Director must have this form to proceed to arrange any Military Honors.


What are Military Honors?

By law, provided by the Department of Defence at no cost to the family, Military Honor consist of:

  • Two uniformed active duty personel to fold and present our Nation’s flag to the next of kin,
  • The playing of Taps

If you wish to add these Honors, your funeral Director can make the appropriate arrangements with local Honor Guard, which can provide a firing/rifle detail.


Three Volley – Firing Detail

Most people know this as the 21-gun salute. It is called a three-volley.

  • There is no charge for the three-volley service.
  • The State Veterans Fund pays a small stipend for it, with no expence to the family.
  • For active military funerals, the military brach of the service provides one.

If you would wish to have a firing detail provided, advice your Funeral Director.


The Caisson Funeral, available at Camp Nelson

The Camp Nelson Honor Guard provides, as far as we know, the only all-volunteer horse-drawn caisson platoon in the U.S. The Caisson funeral consist of:

  • A single horse-drawn Caisson (a hearse conveyance.)
  • A Riderless Horse, with boots inverted

A light artillery piece.


How the Caisson Funeral is funded.

the all-volunteer Camp Nelson Honor Guard Caisson Platoon, incurs expenses of approximately $250 per service.

Although an honorarium is requested, no military or veteran who is eligible to be buried at Camp Nelson is ever turned away due to an inability to pay an honorarium

The Camp Nelson Honor Guard will never send and invoice or a bill.


Camp Nelson Honor Guard is a 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible.