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#116117 July 3rd, 2005 at 11:22 PM
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I get a lot of email from friends-- here's one I got a while back-- thought with the 4th coming up it was kind of appropriate...

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Touching. Don't know if the story is true, but I never knew the full version of the song...Taps.

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were 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 that 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.

And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces..

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#116118 July 3rd, 2005 at 11:31 PM
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I wish I could find the article I read on Taps...it said that the man who wrote the words & music could not actually play the bugle. The devised a recording that fit into the bugle so it "looked" like he was playing it...it was very interesting!
Happy 4th to all my gardening buddies!

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#116119 July 3rd, 2005 at 11:34 PM
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LOVE YOUR PIC VANESSA!!! Permanently borrowing it...I'll bring it back sometime... laugh laugh laugh laugh

#116120 July 3rd, 2005 at 11:41 PM
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Okie dokie..you owe me!

#116121 July 3rd, 2005 at 11:43 PM
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You got it!!!

#116122 July 4th, 2005 at 12:03 AM
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I love it have heard both stories before Thank you Tricia and Vanessa. I stole it also Vanessa of course I steal everyone I see that I like. On my Photobucket G-Mom and Cindy and the rest can find all your Gramlins got them for safe keeping.
Jimmy

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thumbup [Linked Image] We know they are safe with you JV...and I know where YOU live!!!!! laugh

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Although I did know the words to Taps (learned at summer camp many years ago), I did not know that sad story.

The story certainly points out one of the many horrors of war – brothers ands sons fighting on opposite sides. It shows how arbitrary and capricious wars can be.

I long for the day when we can forget national boundaries and religious/ethnic differences and recognize our common humanity as brothers and sisters and lay down our arms forever.

#116125 July 4th, 2005 at 02:59 AM
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Very well spoken, Will!


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