Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day Bugle Call Has Long History

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Although many will recognize the particular bugle call that will ring through the air today in honor of Memorial Day (May 30), most don’t know the history behind it.

The so-called “Taps” melody was created by Union Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield during the American Civil War.

“Taps” eventually became so popular that it became the army’s bugle call to signal lights out during the war.

Still, most people now associate “Taps” with military deaths – and for good reason.

Shortly after Butterfield introduced it, a funeral was held for a fallen soldier and the man’s commanding officer decided that the traditional rifle volley over the grave could trigger more fighting.

So, instead a bugler was called upon to play the new tune, which caught on immediately as the music played during a military funeral.

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