Summer turns to winter, yet the bugle plays on,
Only 24 notes, much less than a tweet,
So powerful and sweet,
Tear-jerking, without missing a beat,
Tap, tap, tap,
Day is done, gone the sun,
“Union Gen. Dan Butterfield is credited with the song, which most accounts say he revised from a French bugle call to signify “lights out.” A short time later, taps was first used at the funeral of a soldier killed in action in Virginia because his commander worried that firing the traditional three volleys over his grave so close to the enemy would renew fighting,”” the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, article titled, For military buglers, taps is always emotional.
Today, taps is played as a final honor to our men and women in uniform that have sacrificed their lives for us.
– That’s all she wrote!