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Vet Wants 'Taps' to Play Nightly—Across Entire US
Newser ^ | 04/04/2013 | By Mark Russell

Posted on 04/04/2013 11:58:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

It's an ambitious plan, to say the least: An Indiana veteran wants "Taps" to be played every single night at dusk—across the entire US, reports the Indianapolis Star. Former Marine Bill Wellman has already convinced Valparaiso, Ind., to pipe the 24 notes over the 50 speakers it has mounted throughout downtown; it'll start doing so this week. And the nearby towns of Portage and Crown Point are considering it, too.

Wellman isn't just motivated by patriotism, though. A subsidiary of the company the lifelong entrepreneur works for offers a digital timing box that typically handles tasks like turning on streetlights automatically; in this new application he dreamed up, "you just set the ZIP code and the local time and add an MP3 file and let it rip," explains the company's VP of technology. But it might be a tough sell: Some people contend that playing "Taps" every day would lessen its power, while others say its somber mood could be a bit of a buzzkill. "We might want 'Taps' reserved for special occasions, like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, and not every night," said one Indianapolis tourism official


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: taps
First of all, you don't play Taps. You sound Taps.

Secondly....

No.

1 posted on 04/04/2013 11:58:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hmm... I get the sentiment, but... I don’t think so.


2 posted on 04/04/2013 12:02:13 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I think Retreat would be more appropriate.

Many a night I rendered a salute to the sound of that tune...

3 posted on 04/04/2013 12:02:57 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver
How about Reveille?
http://www.kickassclassical.com/bugle-call-reveille.mp3
4 posted on 04/04/2013 12:06:07 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Can we do reveille every morning...at 5am. If I gotta be up then so does everyone else.


5 posted on 04/04/2013 12:06:18 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Do we have to paint the trunks of all trees white too?

Seems to be a bunch of army vets around here that do that to their yards.


6 posted on 04/04/2013 12:06:36 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
(Taps) Saying "good night" to notes like this is really lovely.
7 posted on 04/04/2013 12:06:48 PM PDT by yoe
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To: driftdiver

My FIL (AF vet) did that. I never asked him why.

So why do they do that?


8 posted on 04/04/2013 12:12:19 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

No idea, I think they used to do it at military bases and some guys just cant stand seeing naked trees.


9 posted on 04/04/2013 12:13:23 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Former Marine Bill Wellman has already convinced Valparaiso, Ind., to pipe the 24 notes over the 50 speakers it has mounted throughout downtown

Taps is only appropriate on military bases.

If he wants to argue in favor in Valpo, then they'll be hard pressed to deny muslims their call to prayer.........

slippery slope....

10 posted on 04/04/2013 12:19:44 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: driftdiver
Do we have to paint the trunks of all trees white too?

Seems to be a bunch of army vets around here that do that to their yards.

Maybe it's to keep the bugs off........

11 posted on 04/04/2013 12:22:20 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I live about 1 mile from Hunter AAF. We have no problem hearing them playing every trumpet sounding throughout the day, up to and including “taps” at 11:00pm.

Also, at 7:00 am they were playing “The Dog Face Solder” after Revilie

http://www.stewart.army.mil/faq/DogFaceSoldierSong.asp


12 posted on 04/04/2013 12:23:52 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

I unknowingly bought a home about 1/3rd of a mile from a womens prison.

No taps but I can hear their sports day announcer.


13 posted on 04/04/2013 12:26:20 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: grobdriver

I have my AlarmDroid set to sound Retreat and To The Colors every evening. Retreat just before and To The Colors right at 1700. Right outside my office window is a big American (and Texas) flag.

That said, if anyone wants it, they can download it on their phones and set it to go off whenever they feel appropriate. I don’t need somebody to sell it to my city.


14 posted on 04/04/2013 12:28:39 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nice idea, but no thanks.
In the near future, obama’s speeches would be heard on every street corner. There will be no tuning him off.


15 posted on 04/04/2013 12:30:36 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Responsibility2nd
Military bases sound Evening Colors at the dusk when the base flag is retired for the day.

Taps is reserved for military honors at funerals and remembrance ceremonies.
16 posted on 04/04/2013 12:36:31 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

NO!

We don’t need any more noises added ;in “shopping season” my town plays music and bells which is a repetitous nuisance.


17 posted on 04/04/2013 1:21:29 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Regarless of the sentiment, I disagree with the idea of the gov’t setting up speakers and broadcasting any message.


18 posted on 04/04/2013 1:26:26 PM PDT by Lou Budvis
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To: driftdiver

So THAT’S what the white tree trunk thing is. I frequently pass a house that has a painted tree trunk in their front yard.


19 posted on 04/04/2013 2:12:32 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Thank God I never served in the Peace time Army.


20 posted on 04/04/2013 2:20:43 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“So why do they do that?”

There’s an old AF saying “if it doesn’t move - paint it, if it moves, shot it and paint it”.

That’s why.


21 posted on 04/04/2013 2:23:45 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: rottndog

“at the dusk when the base flag is retired for the day.”

Usually about 2230hrs in the AF, iirc.


22 posted on 04/04/2013 2:25:45 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I could be wrong, but just seems that way. I’m sure some old army guy will come in and correct me.


23 posted on 04/04/2013 4:08:01 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nice thought as a tribute to the fallen of all generations, but it’ll never happen.


24 posted on 04/04/2013 4:30:51 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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