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MEMORIAL DAY 2003-#6--Final--"Fall's The Night"
Arlington National Cemetery | 1862 | Dan Butterfield

Posted on 05/26/2003 8:44:55 PM PDT by redrock

"Taps"

Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield
Army of the Potomac, Civil War

"Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

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"TAPS is the most beautiful bugle call. Played slowly and softly, it has a smooth, tender and touching character. The bugle call was written during the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War by General Butterfield, with an assist from his bugler, Oliver W. Norton, in 1862.

"TAPS" went on from its origin as an alternative to "Lights Out" to become not only a signal that day was done, but also to say good-bye to a fallen comrade.

"TAPS" is customarily played at funerals at Arlington national Cemetery as well as at ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns there.

Its composer is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point (even though he did not graduate from the Academy).


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KEYWORDS: memorialday; veterans
Today has been MEMORIAL DAY.

Time to place the flowers...and whisper the words "Thank You' to those men and women who have given their all.

..and to remind ourselves just what this Nation has cost...and to be grateful to those who paid the price.

We can all argue about politics later.....

redrock

1 posted on 05/26/2003 8:44:55 PM PDT by redrock
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To: illstillbe; AuntB; Jeff Head; Luis Gonzalez; William Wallace; Jim Robinson; Valin
Lights Out...........

redrock

2 posted on 05/26/2003 8:45:51 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: SSgt Mike; M Kehoe; TLBSHOW; nunya bidness; GrandmaC; blackie; McGavin999; sauropod
Lights Out......

redrock

3 posted on 05/26/2003 8:46:23 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: JohnHuang2; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; SAMWolf; Chapita; VOA
Lights Out.....

redrock

4 posted on 05/26/2003 8:46:57 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: annyokie; cavtrooper21; Kathy in Alaska; WarHawk42; Howlin; Publius6961; Bloody Sam Roberts
Lights Out......

redrock

5 posted on 05/26/2003 8:47:26 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: ladyinred; Heinz 57; noutopia; mystery-ak; Molly Pitcher; JDoutrider; harpo11; ATOMIC_PUNK
Lights Out....

redrock

6 posted on 05/26/2003 8:48:02 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: American Preservative; Jefferson Adams; TexanaRED; fod; First_Salute; TAdams8591; Mare; DeSoto
Lights Out....

redrock

7 posted on 05/26/2003 8:48:35 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: redrock
Thank You Brother for your vigil, again, this year on FR.
8 posted on 05/26/2003 8:49:12 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Never Forget!)
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To: flanew; JimmyT; arcane; ALOHA RONNIE; A Navy Vet; First_Salute; B4Ranch; RaceBannon
Lights Out.....

redrock

9 posted on 05/26/2003 8:49:15 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: dcwusmc; Eagle Eye; NWU Army ROTC; Victoria Delsoul; Rockyrich; Libertarianize the GOP
Lights Out.....

redrock

10 posted on 05/26/2003 8:49:54 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: carlo3b; farmfriend; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; cavtrooper21; Miss Marple
Lights Out.....

redrock

11 posted on 05/26/2003 8:50:37 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: redrock
Thanks redrock,said my prayers for the fallen today.Hope every American did,your posts were great.
12 posted on 05/26/2003 8:54:14 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: redrock
Your#1..........Yes, Sir!

Today has been MEMORIAL DAY.

Time to place the flowers...and whisper the words "Thank You' to those men and women who have given their all.

..and to remind ourselves just what this Nation has cost...and to be grateful to those who paid the price.

We can all argue about politics later.....

redrock

"TAPS" is customarily played at funerals at Arlington national Cemetery

I too had the 'honor' to play "Taps" at 'Arlington'.

Amen,.......More Grace and Mercy,.......In Jesus' Precious Name, Amen!!!

13 posted on 05/26/2003 8:56:22 PM PDT by maestro
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To: buffyt; Susannah; DLfromthedesert; kattracks; Brian S; MeeknMing; Brian Allen; diegodeigh
Lights Out.....

redrock

14 posted on 05/26/2003 9:01:26 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: Alamo-Girl; AppyPappy; Huck; spectre; RockTheLurker; MamaB; HiJinx; Brad's Gramma
Lights Out.....

redrock

15 posted on 05/26/2003 9:01:56 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: forest; jellybean; Benighted; F-117A; vetwife; DoughtyOne; AlligatorEyes; PoisedWoman
Lights Out.....

redrock

16 posted on 05/26/2003 9:02:49 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: kattracks; Brian S; MeeknMing; Brian Allen; diegodeigh; AKbear; exit82; Sunshine Sister
Lights Out.....

redrock

17 posted on 05/26/2003 9:03:24 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: All
Lights Out....

redrock

18 posted on 05/26/2003 9:04:52 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: redrock
Thank you for these inspiring threads.

Lights out

19 posted on 05/26/2003 9:06:23 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Everytime I feel like I don't want to do these threads....I think of all of those who didn't make it Home.

I do it for them.

me

20 posted on 05/26/2003 9:06:33 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: noutopia
Thank You.

redrock

21 posted on 05/26/2003 9:11:45 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: maestro
Thank You.

redrock

22 posted on 05/26/2003 9:12:59 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: DLfromthedesert
Thank You.

Lights Out.....

redrock

23 posted on 05/26/2003 9:14:06 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: redrock
Thank you redrock, for everything. Pray for our President, our country, our military, our families.
24 posted on 05/26/2003 9:17:52 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma
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To: redrock
Thank you, redrock! Hugs!
25 posted on 05/26/2003 9:29:22 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: redrock
Thanks for the series of Memorial Day Threads Redrock.
26 posted on 05/26/2003 9:52:39 PM PDT by SAMWolf ("They are not dead who live in hearts they leave behind" - Hugh Robert Orr - They Softly Walk)
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To: redrock
Great job and good night!

Every Sunday we pray for all active duty service members at our church. This Sunday, our priest added a prayer for all veterans in all wars and those who gave the ultimate sacrifices.

When I took my flag down for the day, I did a rerun of what our priest had noted.
27 posted on 05/26/2003 10:23:33 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Time to visit this website and join up: http://www.georgewbush.com/)
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To: redrock
Lights Out:


3rd Panel,
Vietnam Wall,
Battle of IA DRANG-1965

http://www.lzxray.com


GARRY OWEN, Sir
28 posted on 05/26/2003 10:51:13 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com..)
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To: redrock
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U.S. Memorial Day, May 30

"Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day.
No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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29 posted on 05/27/2003 1:46:06 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: redrock
Thanks for posting this.


Click here
for “Taps”

30 posted on 05/27/2003 3:01:19 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: redrock

31 posted on 05/27/2003 3:02:36 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: redrock
It was played beautifully yesterday at Arlington. Butterfield was inspired when he composed it.
32 posted on 05/27/2003 5:00:07 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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To: redrock

21 gun Salute

33 posted on 05/27/2003 5:22:38 AM PDT by jellybean (Not a member of the wet panties brigade)
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To: redrock
Let's try to make every day, in a small way, a Memorial Day.
34 posted on 05/27/2003 5:29:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (®)
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To: redrock
I always get a lump in my throat when Taps is played.
35 posted on 05/27/2003 8:30:15 AM PDT by blackie
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To: redrock
A day late...oh well, at least I'm consistent...
36 posted on 05/27/2003 6:03:15 PM PDT by VOA
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To: redrock
Thanks redrock.
37 posted on 05/27/2003 7:06:28 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: redrock
Thanks redrock
38 posted on 05/31/2003 11:00:21 PM PDT by Heinz 57 (Yes I'm Mixed Breed but not mixed up. I am all AMERICAN and proud of it. God, I love this country)
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To: redrock
Thank you redrock. How many years have you done this? 2000 is the first that I remember....
39 posted on 06/03/2003 4:25:36 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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To: Molly Pitcher
4 years running.....

Hopefully I won't wear out my welcome at FR...and can do them for a while longer.

I appreciate your help in this.

Thanks.....

redrock

40 posted on 06/03/2003 8:43:08 PM PDT by redrock (Tell every Veteran you see--"Welcome Home")
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To: redrock
Impossible to wear out your welcome here...not on this veteran-supporting & honoring forum!
41 posted on 06/04/2003 4:40:01 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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