Skip to comments.The Last 24 Notes
Posted on 09/09/2013 2:28:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
He always arrives early to find my echo (sizing up the acoustics of the church or cemetery for desired effect), though in 5,000 funerals, he says, I think only four were on time. And then theres the additional time he spends practicing his bugle, getting a haircut, polishing his brass, shining his shoes, making sure theres no finger-print smudges on the bill of his lid. Its essential to be squared away, as he puts it, ever the Marine, in order to pay proper respect both to the deceased and their families. Doing the math, one figures Day has spent a good three solid years of his life standing at the gravesides of strangers, blowing the last 24 notes theyll ever have played for them above ground.
But what to some might seem like a nice gesture or a morbid hobby was transformed into high calling in 2000. It was then that federal legislation passed stipulating that every honorably discharged veteran had the right to at least two uniformed military personnel to fold and present the flag, and to sound Taps at their funeral. Day thought this was good. The bad news, the fine print added, was that if a bugler could not be found, a recording should be used.
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I couldn't tell you whether it was live or recorded -- but I can tell you that it didn't matter.
The ceremony was beautiful, and was a very fitting tribute for a wonderful man who proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
Thank you for sharing this article.
Interesting....my MIL did NOT want Taps played at her husband’s funeral (he a WWII vet)....it is always about her. They played it anyway!
Why is my screen so blurry?
It’s been said before, but there is no “former” Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine.