"taps.." A Veteran Story


January 14, 2021

Courtesy of Penny Merryfield

Above: Rhonda Rasgorshek salutes before playing taps.

Many have heard it, and for many, it is a emotionally choking moment, with tears that will silently fall, as the tune is played.

Understanding it's origin, and why it is played goes to the heart of any military family.

In the 1960's, "taps" was not only played at a funeral signifying the end of the tour for a veteran, but it was played when the American flag was retired for the day.

The Origin of taps

The origins of "taps," the distinctive bugle melody played at U.S. military funerals and memorials and as a lights-out signal to soldiers at night, date back to the American Civil War. In July...

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