Living down the street from Arlington Cemetery, I’m seen the expansion of the hallowed grounds for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of my annual commemoration of Veterans Day, I’ve updated my Veterans Day Prayers list. It includes a Miss Manners column on Military funeral etiquette for grieving family members, which I’ll highlight here.
Military Funeral Etiquette For Grieving Family Members
- Do not need to stand to receive the flag from a service member
- Do not need to return a salute (if a civilian)
- Should not misinterpret silent reverence by a service member in attendance as rudeness
- Are not obligated to verbally express thanks to service members in attendance
Source: Miss Manners column, 11/10/2010