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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day!!!

SBF~ Memorial Day
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The story of Taps
> > >
> > >
> > > We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives
us
> > > that
> > > lump in our throats and usually creates tears in our eyes.
> > >
> > > But do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be
> > > pleased to find out about it's 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 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.
> > >
> > > 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.

10 comments:

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a fabulous post, Rocky! Happy Memorial day!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mack said...

Wow! Taps has always given us chills! Hope you have a great Memorial Day guys!!!

PeeS: I have told mom to go to PetSmart today.......!

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Thanks so much for this post. It is very moving to here taps played at a milotary funeral & they Mommy is sorry to say she has heard it far to many times. God Bless all our servicemen and women.

No need to worry about Sanny & Roxie anymore...O had a hard time keeping up with them yesterday & believe me all of sure took naps in the middle of the day cause we was so tired.

LOVE.....Mona

4xBs said...

that is very interesting to learn about taps. we had no idea where it came from. happy memorial day.

woofs.

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Thanks fur sharing the story!

Hope wooo have a great holiday!!

HolidayHugz&Khysses,
Khyra

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Moco said...

What a lovely post for Memorial Day.

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Mona again. Which post was your Hibiscus on. The Mommy would love to see it.

Mary-Margaret O'Brien said...

Hi, LacyLulu...It's meeeeee, Mary-Margaret. Since today is Memorial Day, I thought I'd drop by to tell you I remember you and think about you all the time. I had no idea about Tasha. I will go and visit her site, too.

Hugs and puppy licks..

Mary-Margaret

Peanut said...

Oh that was lovely.