21 Jun '12, 7pm

'Taps,' the beloved bugle call, turns 150

This weekend, Virginia’s historic Berkeley Plantation will host a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Taps, the national bugle call sounded at flag lowerings, military funerals and memorial services. The highlight of the three-day celebration will be Saturday’s rededication of the Taps monument, constructed and given to the state by the Department of Virginia American Legion in 1969. The monument stands on the military campsite where Taps was first sounded in July 1862, when Union Gen. Daniel Butterfield enlisted the help of his bugler, Oliver Norton, in composing a new bugle call for his men. Wanting a less formal and more distinctive melody, he adapted an earlier bugle call used to signal "lights out." The somber notes are said to reflect Butterfield’s sadness following the Battle of Gaines’ Mill, during which 602 of his men were killed or wounded. "I...

Full article: http://www.legion.org/library/198996/beloved-bugle-call-t...

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