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Taps for Veteran’s Day

Posted on: November 11, 2012

11/11/2012


Even today’s Google Doodle portrays a child playing Taps.  This is the day to sing and appreciate this deeply moving 24 note song.

As the child of a Viet Nam War veteran and the wife of man who gave his entire young adulthood in military service to the United States of America, I have a many thanks to give on this day.

CBS Sunday Morning gave a lovely segment about a man in California who plays Taps on his trumpet every evening at sunset as a tribute to the men and women of the armed services.

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Watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment, here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57530063/nightly-taps-makes-neighbors-take-notice/

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A bugler plays Taps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Xrlf3taEo

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Wiki article with song history, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taps

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The simplicity of the words and tune are incredibly touching.

TAPS
Traditional Words
Music by Daniel Adams Butterfield (1831–1901)

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

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US Military Webpage for Taps:
http://www.usmemorialday.org/taps.html

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“Taps” is featured in many compilations of Illustrated Song, including:

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The Baby’s Bedtime Book
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Kay Chorao

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Camp Granada (Sing-Along Camp Songs)
Music and Words by Various Artists
Illustrated by Frane Lessac

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Lullabies (and Illustrated Songbook)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated with Artwork from the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Round Book (Rounds Kids Love to Sing)

Compiled by Margaret Read MacDonald and Winifred Jaeger
Illustrated by Yvonne LeBrun Davis

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The Trumpet of the Swan
Lyrics and Tunes by Various Artists
Book by E. B. White
Illustrated by Edward Frascino
ISBN: 0-439-83103-2

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A lyric sheet for the Troop 2740 Girl Scout Songbook:

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To view or print this page, click here:
taps GSS Lyrics

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Related Posts

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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TAPS, A GIRL SCOUT SONG FOR TROOP 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/taps-a-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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