Minnesota National Guard
Honor Guard
Mission

Provide Military Funeral Honors within the State of Minnesota for honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the nation's deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended our country in times of war and peace.

The ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration that a grateful nation can provide to a veteran's family.
Funeral Honors TO PLACE A REQUEST FOR MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS CLICK HERE

Please include the following information in your e-mail:
      
Deceased Name
Urn or Casket
Date and Time of Service
Social Security/Service Number
Rank and Branch of Service
Cemetery Name and Address
Point of Contact Name and Number
Next of Kin



The basic Military Funeral Honors (MFH) ceremony consists of the folding and presentation of the United States flag to the veteran's family and the playing of Taps. The ceremony is performed by a funeral honors detail consisting of at least two members of the Armed Forces. The Funeral Honors rendered to you or your veteran will be determined by the status of the veteran. The type of Funeral Honors may be:
- Full Military Honors
- 7-9 Person Detail
- Standard Honors Team Detail

When possible, at least one member of the funeral honors detail will be from the Armed Force in which the deceased veteran served. Taps may be played by a bugler or, if a bugler is not available, by using a quality recorded version. Military Funeral Honor Teams may act as Pall Bearers if requested by the veteran/family. To obtain funeral honors as a veteran or a family member of a veteran, you must have a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Department of Defense Form 214 (discharge paperwork). This documentation should be given to the funeral home you have selected. The funeral home will contact the Casualty Area Command (CAC) (1-800-350-7746) that handles your respective state for reporting purposes. The funeral director will then contact a Military Funeral Honors Program Area Coordinator who will assign your service to one of the local Honor Guard details.
2009 ARNG National Honor Guard Champions

Minnesota Funeral Honors Team at Nationals
The Minnesota National Guard team took first place at the Army National Guard Honor Guard competition held in Fort Meyer, Va. in September. Read the full story at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.com.

Contact Information

Minnesota Military Funeral Honors
Veterans Service Building
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155

State Coordinator

Maj. (Ret) Bastian "Chris" Vanhofwegen
Office: 651-282-4570
bastian.c.vanhofwegen.ctr@mail.mil

State NCOIC

Sgt. Erik Sogge
Cell: 320-339-7785
erik.b.sogge.mil@mail.mil


For the Saint Cloud Area:

Staff Sgt. Chad Minette
Cell: 320-217-9477
chad.w.minette.mil@mail.mil

For the Twin Cities Area and Southern Minnesota:

Sgt. Mike Enger
Cell: 612-751-7092
michael.w.enger.mil@mail.mil

For the Duluth Area and Northern Minnesota:

Sgt. Coddy Kraskey
Cell: 218-348-8631
coddy.r.kraskey.mil@mail.mil

Fort Leavenworth Casualty Assistance Center
913-684-3557

 
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