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Once an Eagle Ceremony

 
Once an Eagle Ceremony

 

Realizing that many Rangers have an attendance of Ranger Brothers at their funerals, a ceremony you may wish to consider, if you don't already practice, is the "Once an Eagle" ceremony. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it is briefly described below:

All Rangers (from any era) in attendance sit together for the ceremony. This may be conducted at the actual funeral, or at the gravesite service. If this is conducted during the actual funeral service, coordinate the placement of the "Once an Eagle Ceremony" during the service with the family and those conducting the actual funeral service. If this is conducted at the gravesite service, it should take place just before the rifle salute and Taps. 

Actual Once an Eagle Ceremony
 

One Ranger, designated as the OIC, announces, 

OIC:   Rangers, post

 

Upon the detail posting, he then calls out:

OIC:   Report for Ranger Roll Call 

 

He then reads a list of the names of all Rangers present at the service. 

OIC:  Ranger________

 

Ranger in  formation replies:  Here

After each name is read, the Rangers present replies with, "HERE" until a roll has been called for all Rangers in attendance. 

The last name called, is that of the fallen Ranger. 

OIC: Ranger_________(name of deceased Ranger)

        pause for a reply.....when there is none

 

         Ranger_________(name of deceased Ranger)

        pause for a reply.....when there is none

 

         Ranger_________(name of deceased Ranger)

After the third calling of his name, a Ranger standing in formation announces, 

Ranger in formation:

Sir, Ranger ______(name of the deceased Ranger) who was "Once an Eagle"

is now reporting as a US Army Ranger to a much higher authority.

May God bless him. 

OIC orders:  Hand Salute

 

OIC orders:   Order Arms

 

OIC: Yes, may God bless him. Rangers, you are dismissed.

 

And the ceremony is over.