Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Taps

This is interesting...I did not know this..


If any of you have ever been to a military

funeral in which taps was played;

this brings out a new meaning of it.


Here is something Every American should know. Until I

read this, I didn't know, but I checked it out

and it's true:

We in the United States 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 Ellicombe 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 Ellicombe 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


I too have felt the chills while listening to

'Taps' but I have never seen all the words to

the song until now. I didn't even know

there was more than one verse . I also

never knew the story behind the song and I

didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd

pass it along.

I now have an even deeper respect for the song

than I did before.

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.


Please

send this on after a short prayer.

Make

this a Prayer

wheel for our soldiers....please

don't break it.


I didn't!


Thanks John McC & Jim F.

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