Memorial Day Tradition – Taps

Posted on : May 24, 2016 | Filled under : News

04cf876cfe35c508b6f7f2c47611b518Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. Depending on your age, flag-decorated gravestones and Taps echoing through the cemetery are Memorial Day memories from childhood. But, do you know how Taps came to be the standard for military funerals?

In July 1862, after the loss of 600 men in battle, Union General Daniel Butterfield wanted to honor his men. Traditionally, the end of day ballad was a French tune called Lights Out, but General Butterfield felt it was too formal for the somber aftermath of battle. He called upon his bugler, Oliver Wilcox Norton, to play the notes of a bugle call revised by General Butterfield himself. The music created that night is the melancholy tune known as Taps. In 1891, it officially became mandatory at military funerals. It’s also played during flag ceremonies and at Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps at day’s end.

A National Moment of Remembrance was passed in December of 2000 and asks for a moment of silence followed by Taps at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember, reflect, and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.

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The King Wealth Planning Office will be closed in honor of Memorial day on Monday May 30th, 2016. We will return Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. We wish you all a blessed Memorial Day!

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