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If you have ever been to a military funeral you will have heard the playing of "Taps"
Any one who has served and many Americans have heard the haunting notes of this song.
For many it brings a lump to our throats and for some tears to their eyes.
Do you know the history of this melody that is now a part of military history and tradition?

If you will follow the link at the bottom of this page entitled "24 Notes that tap deep emotions"
you can read of them. In either case Taps seems to date from around the Civil War era and replaced the
previously used "Scott Tattoo" as the bugler's "lights out" call.

The words are:

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes,

From the hills, from the sky.

All is well, Safely rest.

God is night,

Fading light, dims the sight

And a star, gems the sky, gleaming bright

From afar, drawing nigh,

Falls the nigh.

Thanks and praise, for our days,

'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky,

As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Learn more:

Arlington National Cemetery Web Site

Arlington National Cemetery Web Site Taps Page

24 Notes That Tap Deep Emotions

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