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Ukraine to regulate process of military and veteran burial and commemoration

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada supported in the first reading the bill No. 4636-1 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Charter of the Garrison and Guard Services of the Armed Forces of Ukraine". These changes relate to the procedure for conducting a military funeral ritual. 304 MPs voted "for".
10:02, 14 April 2021

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In particular, the people's deputies propose to regulate the process of farewell, transportation, burial, and commemoration of the dead servicemen.

The decision to conduct or refuse to conduct a military funeral ritual is taken by family members, parents, or other persons who have undertaken to bury the deceased soldier.

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In the absence of relatives, close persons, the decision to conduct a military funeral ritual is made by:

  • during the burial of a serviceman - the commander (chief) of a military unit;
  • during the funeral of another person - the military commissar (head of the territorial center for recruitment and social support), the head of the garrison or the head of the local state administration at the place of burial of such a person.

A military funeral ritual can be performed in a general or special ceremony.

The procedure for conducting a military funeral ritual according to a general ceremony

To organize a military funeral ritual according to a general ceremony, the head of the corresponding garrison (military commissar, head of the territorial center for recruitment and social support) appoints an honor consisting of:

  • leader of honor;
  • trumpeter and drummer;
  • honor guard (up to 10 military personnel);
  • burial group (up to 8 military personnel);
  • salute department (3 servicemen);
  • the banner group with the State Flag of Ukraine with a mourning ribbon.

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Parting

Farewell is held in a place agreed with relatives, close persons, and in their absence - with the official who made the decision to conduct a military funeral ritual. With the consent of the relatives, a religious ritual can be performed during the farewell.

During the farewell, on both sides in the head of the coffin there are two sentries from the guard of honor, a pro-defense group with the State Flag of Ukraine and the flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations, state bodies).

Behind the coffin, equidistant from the sentries, there is an easel with a portrait of a dead serviceman. To the left of the easel, there are award pads on a separate stand.

To carry state awards of a deceased soldier, the manager appoints one person for each pillow with a state award.

After the end of the farewell, the personnel of the funeral group covers the coffin with age and covers it with the State Flag of Ukraine in such a way as to completely cover the eyelid and sides of the coffin, while the blue stripe covered the left half of the coffin, and the Yellow stripe covered the right half. The corners of the flag are rolled towards the center at the head and feet of the coffin and secured with a latch.

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Transportation

The coffin with the body is moved by a hearse.

To transport the coffin with the body from the place of farewell to the place of burial (cremation), a funeral cortege is formed. The funeral cortege moves in the following order: a service vehicle of the National Police of Ukraine with a flashing light on; hearse; other vehicles.

After arriving at the place of burial (cremation), the funeral group removes the coffin with the body from the hearse, the retinue is lined up in the places designated by the leader of the retinue: a banner group with the State Flag of Ukraine, a soldier with a cross (if necessary), a soldier with a portrait, a soldier with a pillow with awards, a funeral group with a coffin, a banner group with the flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (another military formation, a state body), the family of the deceased, other participants in the ceremony, a trumpeter and a drummer.

Burial

At the burial site, honor, except for the burial group, is lined up with the front to the grave at a distance of 5-20 meters from it.

The coffin is carried in silence to the burial place and, by order of the head of the retinue, is installed on the trigger mechanism, and in its absence - on special supports for the coffin.

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The funeral group removes the State Flag of Ukraine from the coffin and unfolds it over it.

The salute team fires three rounds of blank cartridges. With the first salute, the drummer and trumpeter give the signal "honor".

The burial group is the state flag of Ukraine. The leader of the honor receives the state flag of Ukraine.

The leader of the retinue approaches a relative and hands over the State Flag of Ukraine with the words: "On behalf of the President of Ukraine - the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, please accept this flag as a symbol of the state that your husband (wife/son/daughter/brother/sister/father/mother/native)."

After that, the leader of the retinue returns to his original place and, turning his gaze at the coffin in front of him, slowly puts his hand to the headdress.

The leader of the suite instructs the burial group to stand in line next to the fireworks compartment.

If necessary, the priest performs a religious ritual, the coffin is lowered into the grave.

The procedure for conducting a military funeral ritual according to a special ceremony

To organize a military funeral ritual according to a special ceremony, the head of the corresponding garrison (military commissar, head of the territorial center for recruitment and social support) appoints an honor consisting of:

  • leader of honor;
  • manager;
  • military band;
  • honor guard (up to 30 servicemen);
  • burial group (up to 8 military personnel);
  • salute department (up to 6 military personnel);
  • the banner group with the State Flag of Ukraine with a mourning ribbon;
  • the banner group with the flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (another military formation, state body).

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Honoring

The honoring is carried out at the request of the relatives, close persons of the serviceman in the city of Kyiv, regional (district) centers, other settlements or in a military unit (at the place where the tasks are performed).

During the commemoration of the dead servicemen, live television and radio broadcasting is carried out from the place of its holding, and at the same time the commemoration of the memory of the deceased (deceased) serviceman is carried out in the Memorial Complex of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. The procedure for holding an event to commemorate the memory in the Memorial Complex of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Before the commemoration begins, relatives, close persons (by agreement), honor, invitees arrive at a certain place.

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During the introduction of the coffin with the body from the hearse to the place of commemoration, the "Memory" signal is issued.

From the entrance of the hearse to the place of celebration on both sides of the road, the assembled people line up facing each other, creating a corridor. To the right of the place where the hearse stops, two banner groups, and a burial group are lined up.

The military band (trumpeter and drummer) are placed to the right of the standard-bearers with the flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine facing the side of the pedestal for the coffin.

An easel with a portrait of the deceased soldier is installed behind the pedestal for the coffin. Next to him are servicemen from among the honorary guards for keeping and carrying pillows with orders and medals, which were awarded to the soldier who died.

Accompanying the introduction of the coffin with the body and placing it on a pedestal is carried out by the right-wing groups with the State Flag of Ukraine and the flag of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations, state bodies), on which mourning ribbons are fixed.

After placing the coffin on the pedestal, the funeral group carries out the procedure of wrapping the coffin with the State Flag of Ukraine. The national anthem of Ukraine is currently being played.

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On the day of the military funeral ritual during the commemoration of the deceased serviceman in the Memorial Complex of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine:

  • the date of death, surname, name and patronymic, date of birth, military rank of the deceased (deceased) soldier, the name of the military unit (unit) are entered into the Book of Memory;
  • on the wall of the Memorial Complex of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, there is a plate with the name and initials of the deceased (deceased) serviceman.

During the removal of the coffin with the body from the place of reverence to the hearse (specially equipped vehicle), the "Honor" signal is played.

If the relatives refuse to celebrate, the orchestra will perform the State Anthem of Ukraine at the burial site while the salute team performs three volleys with blank cartridges.

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