Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Tribute

The History Of Taps

The bugle call Taps had its origins on a battle field of the Civil War. After the Union suffered a large number of casualties in a battle near Richmond Virginia. Brigade Commander Colonel Daniel Butterfield reflected with sadness upon the men he had lost.

Unable to compose music, he hummed a melody which his aide wrote down in musical notation. The company bugler played it that night to honor their dead comrades. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874. Accompanied by the drumbeat muffled, it is the highest honor given to those who have died in service to our country.
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25 comments:

  1. We remember the war dead in the UK on 11 November, but my thoughts are with the US, and the families of those who have fallen, on this day.

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  2. Taps always brings me to tears.

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  3. God bless their souls and their families...

    Cheers...

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  4. May the Lord bless those in service to our country. May He watch over them, protect them, and bring them home safely.
    Almighty God, may we always be grateful to those who have served and may we always remember those who paid the highest price.

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  5. A touching story and piece of history which I never heard before. Have a nice Memorial Day.

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  6. i can never hear taps without crying...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  7. Thank you, Sandee, for this important piece of history on this day that is set aside to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Civil War was horrible but it did keep our great country together as one and for all the men who died to keep that way, I bow my head and say thank you.

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  8. Taps is the saddest song ever written; it always brings tears to my eyes. The most amazing rendition I have ever heard was the one in "From Here to Eternity".

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  9. I always cry when I hear "Taps" being played...

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  10. BTW...I'll miss reading your blog for the next 3 weeks, but will play catch up after I get home (unless I find free wi-fi!). Big hugs, honey...

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  11. very nice sandee, have a great holiday. all gave some and some gave all….

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  12. I'm glad there are so many posts today about Memorial Day. I'm concerned that too many people think of it as just another holiday.

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  13. Nice post. Taps always brings tears to my eyes.

    Happy Memorial Day.


    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

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  14. I didn't know this ... thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  15. very nice getting the history on that.

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  16. A great posting,thanks for it.

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  17. Interesting! I did not know that either!

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  18. I love reading history like this! Thanks for posting it.

    I simply cannot listen to Taps without getting emotional. They played it at my father's memorial and it brought me to tears.

    And Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.

    Paul

    Eat Well. Live Well.
    PurpleGreenPops.com

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  19. Yes, interesting, and it always makes us misty eyed... a shame that anyone should 'fall' for peace, so contradictory...
    Hope you had a great time...
    God Bless everyone!!!
    Much love, hugs and :))))

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  20. Taps has never failed to put a lump in my throat, let alone the reason for it's haunting, poignant echoes over the fallen.

    God Bless 'em all.

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  21. Thanks for the bit of history.

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  22. That is so touching. My eyes leak when I hear taps.

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  23. taps tugs at my heart too.

    I am always amazed at how many of our current military traditions began during the civil war.


    Hugs to you and zane!

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  24. The Civil War was horrible but it did keep our great country together as one and for all the men who died to keep that way, I bow my head and say thank you.

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  25. I really did enjoy this little history lesson. I have also learned that the celebration of Memorial Day is rooted in the Civil War.

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