These men from Eugene,/ Springfield
Adrian Vaaler- Vietnam Veteran-'The Bugler'
Let none forget the sacrifice, of so many across the years
Let none that hear the bugle sing
Continue without a tear
And on this Memorial Day to remember
May your notes so haunting be
That never again will young men die
Or live to remember
May 27th, 2000
Dave Jones /11Bravovet
From Civil War battles to oceans afar, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq
To little known places lost corners of earth,
some say they never came back
But please watch the sunrise, each colored sunset,
you’ll see on the crest of the rise
You’ll hear Taps that’s playing and young soldiers again
That cherished us so with their lives.
I sincerely believe they’re with us still now
still in step with the freedom we share
And they march to the stillness of mornings and evenings
And sharply salute those that care.
And when you look deeply at the places they rest
Arlington, Pearl Harbor and stone
You’ll notice the crosses, marble and granite
But each soldier’s spirit is Home.
Take just a moment and rise with the sun,
take another to watch it descend
And listen in silence to the bugle play Taps
Beyond the hills stands your friend.
The 132-year-old bugle call was composed by Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who commanded the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War. Butterfield wrote "Taps" at Harrison's Landing, Va., in July 1862 to replace the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the end of burials during battle. "Taps" also replaced "Tatoo," the French bugle call to signal "lights out." Butterfield's bugler, Oliver W. Norton of Chicago, was the first to sound the new call. Within months, "Taps" was sounded by buglers in both Union and Confederate forces. One of the final bugle calls of the day on military installations, "Taps" is played at 10 p.m. as a signal to service members that it is "lights out." When "Taps" is played, it is customary to salute, if in uniform, or place your hand over your heart if not. The composer of "Taps" was born Oct. 31, 1831, in Utica, N.Y., and joined the Army in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Volunteers on June 27, 1862. After his brigade lost more than 600 men in the Battle of Gaines Mill, Butterfield took up the colors of the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. Under heavy enemy fire, he encouraged the depleted ranks to regroup and continue the battle. Butterfield died July 17, 1901, and was buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. "Taps" was sounded at his funeral.
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