I recently attended a funeral with Military Honors and was deeply saddened by the lack of knowledge shown by all of the guests. All of the guests, young and old alike, followed the lead of the Military members in uniform when saluting, and rendered a Hand salute. I have always been taught that when saluting, if done incorrectly, it is a sign of disrespect. The following is a simple guideline to use. In uniform being Military, or Scout. If you are attending a Military Funeral in Uniform, there are certain courtesies that must be adhered to. You will render a hand salute if you are in uniform and covered (wearing your hat) during the following situations: The casket is being moved While the casket is being lowered into the grave During the firing of the volley (usually seven members firing simultaneously three times) "TAPS" is being sounded (this is usually one bugler) If you are attending the funeral in CIVILLIAN ATTIRE , you will come to the position of attention and remove your headdress if appropriate and place it over your heart. If no headdress is worn, you will place your right hand over your heart. Military members who are "Active Pallbearers" (assigned to carry the casket) will remain covered and do not salute during the ceremony.