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The Last 24 Notes
weeklystandard.com ^ | Sep 16, 2013 (you read that right) | MATT LABASH

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 there’s the additional time he spends practicing his bugle, getting a haircut, polishing his brass, shining his shoes, making sure there’s no finger-print smudges on the bill of his lid. It’s 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 they’ll 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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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: taps
My ex-father-n-law was a WWII veteran. A Navy team came up from Hueneme to give him his honors. The bugler stood in that back.

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.

1 posted on 09/09/2013 2:28:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you for sharing this article.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 2:36:44 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: BenLurkin

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!


3 posted on 09/09/2013 2:36:55 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: BenLurkin

Why is my screen so blurry?


4 posted on 09/09/2013 2:51:18 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: BenLurkin
If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well, as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
5 posted on 09/09/2013 4:40:53 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Excellence

Thank you.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 4:42:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s been said before, but there is no “former” Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine.


7 posted on 09/09/2013 7:02:13 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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