150th anniversary of Taps
This week marks the 150th anniversary of Taps.
Scores of buglers, trumpeters honor taps anniversary - CNN.com
It got me thinking and I figured I would share my musings with yall.
When one of our heroesí falls, be it a member of our military or a police officer, firefighter, or Medic, there is a lot of tradition that goes in to honoring their sacrifice. Flags lowered to half-staff, a twenty one gun salute, a final radio call that will never be answered by the officer. Some are unique to the Military, some to Law Enforcement, and some to Fire/EMS. One tradition that holds over through all these ceremonies is the playing of taps, be it on a bugle, a trumpet, or even bag pipes, the haunting notes float though the hallowed ground of the cemetery welcoming a new sole in to its final rest. It has been played going on 150 years and will continue until the end of days. There are several stories of how taps came to be. One story involves a Union officer in the Civil War rescuing an unknown soldier from the field of battle, only to discover it to be his son who had been studying in the south at the start of the war. On his sonís body he found a paper with the melody of what was to be called taps scrawled on it. When he was only given a bugler to play over his sonís funeral he had the man play Taps. Another story involves an officer wanting to honor those living and dead at the end of the day. Whatever the story, Taps has been incorporated in to honoring the dead. It is melodies that even the toughest man or woman finds hard to keep from tearing up when they hear it. The sound of the guns still fading, the musician starts to play those familiar notes as the honor guard slowly folds the flag of this great country that has been draped over the fallen hero. The scene is very powerful, made even more so by the chilling melody. As the final notes fade the folded flag is presented to the heroís family. Though I can remember hearing Taps played at the end of the day at scout camp , I will forever associate it with the final honor given to a fallen hero.
To all those out there on the front lines be you military or one of my brothers or sisters in blue, stay safe , keep you head down, and above all Thank You for your service.