The Gripping Power Of “Taps”

On this Memorial Day, I am mindful of the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have helped secure the freedoms I enjoy in this country. As many prepare for time off of work, bbq’s, time with family, and relaxation, it’s important to not lose sight of the reason this “holiday” exists.

One of the traditions that takes place at every military funeral is the playing of “Taps.” This somber, somewhat eerie tune provides a poignant moment in each ceremony. There is a sense of despair and finality to it. Yet, it is also hopeful.

The late, John Wayne, penned these lyrics to the tune:

Fading light
Falling night
Trumpet call, as the sun, sinks in fright
Sleep in peace, comrades dear,
God is near.

I would encourage each of you to take a moment and listen to the 24 notes being played in this song. I think it is a fitting tribute and provides a reflective backdrop to honor the memories of our service men and women. You can listen to the playing of Taps by clicking here.

You may also want to take a moment and watch this 7 minute video on some of the background of “Taps.”

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