Throughout today, TAPS will play across cemeteries in honored memory of our fallen husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, aunts and uncles, grandfathers, great-grandfathers – calling back through time to the United States Civil War. It is played every night on United States military bases signaling end of day.
I am incapable of sitting during the playing and sounding of TAPS, whether it be a newscast or on radio or in person. It wrings an emotional response from me. Perhaps you, too. Here it is:
And here is the history of TAPS. There are many stories about it. This appears to be the closest I could find re the truth of this poignant call: