Funeral Honors

The Minnesota National Guard honor guard team provides 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.

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.

To request military funeral honors, email Bastian.c.vanhofwegen.civ@mail.mil and Christopher.a.schlukebier.ctr@mail.mil and include the following information:

  • 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
CONTACT
State Coordinator (Federal Tech)

Maj. (Ret) Bastian "Chris" Vanhofwegen
Office: 651-282-4570
Cell: 651-261-5403
bastian.c.vanhofwegen.ctr@mail.mil

State Coordinator (Contract)

Mr. Chris Schlukebier
Office: 651-282-4710
Cell: 651-308-3413
Christopher.a.schlukebier.ctr@mail.mil

State NCOIC

Staff Sgt. Aaron Borgerding
Cell: 701-799-3691
Work Cell: 320-247-7825
aaron.m.borgerding2.mil@mail.mil

For the Moorhead Area and Northwestern MN:

Staff Sgt. Evan Laine
Cell: 651-356-4652
evan.a.laine.mil@mail.mil

For the St. Cloud Area:

SSG Duane J Southworth
Work Cell: 320-217-9477
duane.j.southworth.mil@mail.mil

For the Twin Cities Area:

Staff Sgt. Daniel Pak
Cell: 701-388-7905
Work Cell: 612-810-4856
daniel.j.pak.mil@mail.mil

For the Duluth Area and Northeastern Minnesota:

Sgt. Ali Maamoun
Cell: 218-428-8821
Work Cell: 218-348-8631
ali.a.maamoun.mil@mail.mil

For the Rochester Area and Southern Minnesota:

Staff Sgt. Daniel Pak
Cell: 701-388-7905
Work Cell: 612-810-4856
daniel.j.pak.mil@mail.mil

Fort Leavenworth Casualty Assistance Center

913-684-3557

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