An Old Military Tune

Americans will celebrate the 150th anniversary of “Taps”, which is the national song of remembrance.

“Taps” was originally played to signify “lights out”.

But in 1862 Civil War Union General Daniel Butterfield felt the tune was too formal to be played at the end of the day. With the help of his brigade’s bugler, the piece was arranged to honor his men.

Today, “Taps” is typically played during military funerals or flag ceremonies on the bugle or trumpet.

When “Taps” are sounded at a funeral, it is customary for serving members of the military and veterans to salute.

“It is rendered at all military honors. It is 24 notes, but it just sinks deep into the heart of everyone that hears it,” says bugler Richard Yndstead, who is also apart of the Bugles Across America, an organization of volunteers who play “Taps” at the funerals of veterans.

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