The escort commander commands "ORDER, ARMS" and the band commander and drum major
TERMINATE THEIR SLUTES. Bandmembers execute INSTRUMENTS DOWN on the command
of "ORDER, ARMS".
The band commander, drum major, and band assume PARADE REST at the command of the escort
The bugler leaves the band formation and takes a position near the firing party and in view of the
next of kin.
NOTE: Honors consisting of rifle volleys for general officers may be substituted by three salvos of artillery
guns firing simultaneously.
At the conclusion of the graveside service and after the benediction, the escort commander
commands "ATTENTION" followed by "ESCORT, PRESENT, ARMS".
The band commander and drum major SALUTE. The firing party fires three volleys and assumes
the position of present arms at the command of the noncommissioned officer in charge of the party.
Immediately after the firing party has been brought to present arms, the bugler sounds Taps.
At the conclusion of Taps, the bugler SALUTES and holds his salute until the firing party is brought
to order arms.
After the command "ORDER, ARMS", the band plays appropriate music as the flag is folded.
The band and escort remain in position until the family moves from the graveside.
On the command of the escort commander the entire formation faces the direction of march.
All units march from the graveside at a rim cadence of 120 beats per minute.
On the return march, the band does not play (except for the rim cadence) in the vicinity of the
graveside or when music may disturb other funeral processions.
PART F GRAVESIDE SERVICE ONLY
24. Graveside Service. The military elements participating in the graveside service are position before the
arrival of the casket (Figure 6-2).
All of the elements of a military funeral are present except the caisson or hearse.
The sequence of events for a graveside service is the same as a funeral with chapel service beginning
with "When the casket is ready to be removed from the hearse" (paragraph 21a).
If the family desires to eliminate other elements, the band may be omitted from the ceremony. In
this event, the following elements are used:
Officer or noncommissioned in charge