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    YouTube - Taps - trumpet

  • #2
    Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

    That reminds me of my grandfathers funeral, which was hard for me to take.

    Taps is a song of which is different than others. Here is why and where it started. This email has pictures that go with it, which will not appear in this post. If you want me to email this to you, send me your email via pm. I will gladly share this with anyone!

    If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

    Here is something Every American should know.. Until I read this, I didn't know, but I checked it out and it's true:

    We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, 'Taps.' It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

    But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

    Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia . The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land..

    During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

    When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

    The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

    The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

    The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
    The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

    But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

    The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

    This wish was granted.

    The haunting melody, we now know as 'Taps' used at military funerals was born..

    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 nigh.

    Fading light.
    Dims the sight.
    And a star.
    Gems the sky.
    Gleaming bright.
    From afar.
    Drawing nigh.
    Falls the night.

    Thanks and praise.
    For our days.
    Neath the sun
    Neath the stars.
    Neath the sky
    As we go.
    This we know..
    God is nigh

    I too have felt the chills while listening to 'Taps' but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse . I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.

    I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

    Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.

    Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

    Please send this on after a short prayer.
    Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers...please don't break it .
    I didn't!

    This is the story I have heard!!


    • #3
      Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

      Hate to tell you but that story of the 2 soldiers on opposite sides, father and son, is a myth. Heres the true story.

      YouTube - Taps The Bugler's Cry-The Origin of Sounding Taps


      • #4
        Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

        Again, I apologize for the more than lengthy post. My father and I were both apart of the US ARMY. I have family ties that were apart of every war since the Civil War!!!

        Every generation of my family has been in the military until my mother. It skipped her generation and continued with me.

        I proudly served in the US Army, along with everyone that came before me. Except my Uncle.

        TAPS, is one of the hardest songs for me to listen to, because it means so much.


        • #5
          Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

          Start watching the video at the 1:53 mark..he tells the same story you posted.


          • #6
            Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

            Originally posted by Spo0led View Post
            Start watching the video at the 1:53 mark..he tells the same story you posted.

            I understand what you have posted, and have watched the video. My father sent this email to me many months ago. Even if its false, thats ok.


            • #7
              Re: Its a tear jerker... caution!

              Its definately a feel good story even if it is false. My grandfather never got the purple heart he deserved either.