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,
From the summer to winter taps is performed at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of those that have fallen.
“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!