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Rod Powers

Taps Becomes an Official Song

By December 30, 2012

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"Taps," the haunting 24-note bugle call used by American military forces since the Civil War, has been designated by Congress as the "National Song of Remembrance," according to am Army Times story.

However, lawmakers stopped short of putting into law directions about how people should conduct themselves when the tune is being played.

January 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm
(1) Tommy says:

Yea, at least one “important” person should show more respect than his usual “crotch salute”.

January 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(2) William says:

“Taps” that sounds just great, but wait it isn’t comming from the Flag and Government you served. Had a friend who worked as a mortician met him for lunch one day they were going to have a funeral for a Veteran who served in both WWII and Korea.

The VFW never showed up, I’ll never joine the VFW, but thats another story. The Veteran had no relatives, staff from the mortuary attended, to pay their respects…”We the People”

“Taps” was played on a cassette tape. As a two-tour Vietnam Veteran, there were other times in my life that I have cried. My parents funerals, death of my dogs, in Vietnam and at this Veterans funeral and I never knew him…

Politicians talk of honor and courage, but its the brave ones who die, the soldiers. When a Politician dies its flags at half mast, life story, the media goes crazy with he did this, and he did that. But what about the real American Heroes the regular GI, they came and served from anytown USA…

January 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(3) Michael G. Keough says:

At this time there are less veterans in congress than any other time since George Washington was in office. The current total group should get their act together and truly honor those heroes who have served for their country. “Taps” and especially “Echo Taps” still give me goose bumps and tears every time I hear either. I am a RVN vet (from 68 and 69) who did lose some buddies and think of them (and my other soldiers) regularly. None of them should ever be forgotten. MGK.

January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(4) phillip says:

wat is taps

January 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm
(5) Cpl. Utech says:

@ William…

So well said, Sir.
Sacrifices our precious Veterans have made in the name of freedom are really never appreciated enough, are they?
Our troops volunteer to lay lives their lives on the line for their Country & go into combat with valor unsurpassed……& then are so minimally recognized for the nobility of having done so.

“Brothers In Arms” will never be understood by those who reap the benefits of the gallant who stood on the wall……

January 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm
(6) Cynthia says:

“Taps” as an Army Brat I remember it so well. Tears and now sobs are always experienced when I even read the word “Taps”. For those who do not know or have never heard, google it. My 3 children were in the military. One did 3 tours in Iraq. One never did his duty and never returned except to the service in Heaven. Taps — there are no words to discribe the emotions involved. It is a “darn” shame so many have no clue esp our govening body.

January 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm
(7) George Knight says:

Freedom, Taps, whatever——I will never explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blaket of freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it.

January 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm
(8) GEORGE says:

Taps, freedom whatever,,,, I will never explain myself to a man who Ries and sleeps under the blanket of freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it.

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