Temporary Procedures of Marine Corps League Assistance to Funeral Honors

As of March 23, 2020, in complying with the Veterans Administration course of action (see statement at the end of this letter), the Marine Corps League is suspending all Funeral Honors or Memorial Services at any National Cemetery until such time as the Veterans Administration lifts their restrictions.

In keeping with the guidance of the below letter and in the best interest of our members, the Marine Corps League is hereby suspending all Funeral Honors Details or Memorial Services at any private, state or national cemeteries, until such time that the Veterans Administration lifts their suspension.

I request that this letter is delivered to every Detachment in the Marine Corps League. This is a very serious time in our nation and the Board of Trustees believes that health and welfare of our members is the upmost important. The Coronavirus 2019 is a major concern of the older generation, which makes up most of the members of funeral honors and memorial services teams.

As of this date, we were informed that the Marine Corps is complying with the VA’s directions for National Cemeteries but are still providing a two-Marine team for flag folding and presentation of the flag to other cemeteries unless local or state requirements dictate. With the Marine Corps providing this service, this eliminates the need for the Marine Corps League to bring in another group of Marines to participate. Many local funeral homes are only allowing a total of 10 persons to attend a funeral as it is.

I request your patience and support during these trying times. Let’s take care of ourselves so that we will be ready to resume “business as usual” when this Coronavirus is no longer affecting the masses as it is now. We will then continue our Legacy of providing final honors at our Marines’ funerals. Stay Safe Marines.

Semper Fidelis,

Dennis Tobin
National Commandant/CEO
Marine Corps League

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