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Taps on Veterans Day

The sounding of Taps at Veterans Day ceremonies I have noticed a lot of discussion about the appropriateness of sounding Taps as part of Veterans…

Daniel Adams Butterfield

DANIEL ADAMS BUTTERFIELD 1831-1901 Who was the general whose name is associated with Taps?  Daniel Adams Butterfield was born in Utica, New York, on October…

Military Funeral Honors in the time of COVID-19

Some information on Military Funerals Honors and news stories. Below is the directive from the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Military Funeral Honors NEW PROCEDURES…

The Taps Myth

Almost every day when I check my e-mails, I get a message or two asking about or forwarding a story for my comment or enlightenment. It starts with, "Reportedly it all began during the Civil War…" and goes on to relate the story of Union Captain Ellicombe and how he finds his wounded Confederate son on a battlefield. The story is that the music of Taps is found in the pocket of the young man and that's how the call came into being. It is a heartwarming and poignant story, but false.

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