Last Salute is an all veteran, all volunteer Military Funeral Honor Guard serving Southern New Jersey. Last Salute provides FREE professional and highly elaborate military funeral honors ceremonies for active and veteran military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  Last Salute has received many awards and recently participated in conducting funeral honors for the last WW2 Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams.  Last Salute is proud to honor the fallen and comfort their families. Honors ceremonies include a Civil War cannon, rifles, memorial bell, Taps and flag presentation. Last Salute conducts over 150 ceremonies a year and is a 501(C)3 W-30 Veterans Service Organization.

May the gates of heaven open wide and the protecting Saint of warriors, the archangel Michael, take hold of our fallen brethren and raise this guardian’s soul to paradise. May he wash away the sin and shield against evil, for this fallen defender of a nation and its people, has known sacrifice in service of others. Raise your sword and ascend to the safety and peace above us. Relieve this soul of burden and be blesséd upon it. Favor this soul whilst we present honor. Enshroud this noble warrior from darkness and hasten to everlasting light.
Ever be righteously vigilant, as we render, our “Last Salute”

Copyright Charles Knutson

LAST SALUTE IS NOT FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OR ANY OTHER ORGINIZATION AND DEPENDS COMPLETELY UPON YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE DONATE TODAY.

Last Salute is a dedicated group of all volunteer military veterans committed to providing our fallen brothers and sisters with dignified and appropriate final services.

Sgt. at Arms Chuck Knutson and Lcpl Klye Ragland present the flag to JoAnne Saracini, sister of Captain Victor Saracini a former Navy pilot who was the Captain on flight 175
Sgt. at Arms Chuck Knutson and Lcpl Klye Ragland present the flag to JoAnne Saracini, sister of Captain Victor Saracini a former Navy pilot who was the Captain on flight 175 Sept 11 2001 which hit the second tower.

 

Last Salute provides families and loved ones a resource to obtain a military funeral ceremony as well as other ceremonial burial honors. Some of those honors include;

Cannon Salute – One of our 2 “12 Pounder Mountain Howitzer” – Civil War cannons the “Jaime Lee” or the “Mike D” will fire a single volley

Our memorial bell will be tolled 3 times

A rifle team will fire 3 volleys (rifle team not always available, weekends are best as many of our volunteers work during the week)

Taps will be played

Flag Folding & Presentation

Other honors and services
Caisson Service (Humvee & Gun Carriage for military transport of flag draped casket to cemetery)

The most moving part of a Last Salute honors ceremony is the “Prayer Box”. It is part of every ceremony we conduct. Please read about it at the link below.

Read about our memorial bell and prayer card chest.

Last Salute serves Atlantic County New Jersey. Special consideration for services in other locations may be available.

Please use our contact page to arrange services or submit questions.