Taps for Non-Military

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  1. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Recently I attended the funeral of a friend's family.

    The person was NOT a veteran but dearly loved his country, was a patriot in every sense of the word.

    Before we left the funeral home to go to the cemetary, a family member asked if I would play Taps at the gravesite.

    I always have a horn with me, and I was not about to turn down a member of the family at a time like this. I played Taps.

    Do any of you have thoughts on this circumstance, pro or con? Taps for non veterans?

    Castle Bravo? Gicos?


    -cw-
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2007
  2. gregc

    gregc Mezzo Piano User

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    Taps for any patriot gets my nod of approval~
     
  3. RG111

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    I certainly think you did the right thing also. I'm sure the family appreciated your kindness!

    Roy
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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  5. patq13@comcast.net

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    hi, i;m an x marine bugler.Played taps as part of my m.o.I checked with :bugles across America" They volunteer taps across the country.His stand is if it makes the family happy do it.Pat Q
     
  6. Bourbon City

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    You did the right thing.

    Dale Schmidt PO2
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    Vietnam Vet.

    and proud of it too!
     
  7. Eclipsehornplayer

    Eclipsehornplayer Forte User

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    No harm done Chuck! Shoot Maynard played taps for his cat! :cool:
     
  8. Fluffy615

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    My Dad was a WWII veteran. When I was a high school kid he used to wait with me while I played taps at all of the ceremonies in our town. He always said that he wanted me to play it for him when he died. Something no 16 year old wants to talk about! But 20 years later I played at his funeral. I can't listen to it today without thinking about him. I would certainly do it if asked by the family. You did the right thing Chuck.
    Bob
     
  9. FreshBrewed

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    Chuck,

    You did the right thing.
     
  10. stchasking

    stchasking Forte User

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    I would have played it. They are your friends.

    I thought about this most of today. If the situation arises again why don't we play the first few bars of "Fanfare for the Common Man?" Copeland wrote it for the unsung workers of WWII including women and taxpayers.

    If the family wants taps anyway no harm done.
     

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