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August 1

John Wayne Talks About the Moving History of Taps That Will Give Ya’ll The Chills

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John Wayne is not only a Country western icon but he is also a very powerful narrator. He has always had his fierce American pride. Now he tells the emotional history of “Taps.” You all probably know this as a song is played during a fallen hero’s funeral. This is one of those songs that will definitely make you feel so sad yet proud at the same time.

“Taps” is a also played at dusk every evening and during flag ceremonies. It is also a variation of an earlier bugle call called the “Scott Tattoo.” An American Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient, Gen. Daniel Butterfield, arranged the present  day version of “Taps.”

The custom of playing “Taps” at the end of military funerals started with Captain John Francis Tidball. A friend of his passed away whom he referred to him as “a most excellent man,” was denied of the permission to fire three guns over the grave.

“The thought suggested itself to me to sound ‘Taps’ instead, which I did. The idea was taken up by others, until in a short time it was adopted by the entire army and is now looked upon as the most appropriate and touching part of a military funeral,” he wrote, according to the book The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead by Meg Groeling.

Every time this song is played, it seems like it pierces the sky into a deep silence. Chills are always imminent and tears fall. John Wayne has that voice that shows authority and therefore commands attention. The same goes for this historic speech he recorded. Listen to him as he imparts the original story of “Taps.”

I’m sure that you’ll feel so much pride for the American flag and to those men who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom.

Listen to “Taps” here.

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