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Here is something Every American should know.

We have all heard the
haunting song, ‘Taps…’ It’s the song that gives us the 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 Elli 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 Elli 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

Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country. 

Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for
those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

 

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