- American Legion Post 4 Pocatello, Idaho

Bill Gentry, "19" --This song is a great tribute to all of our military,
 especially Pat Tillman who the song is dedicated to.

 

Patrick Daniel "Pat" Tillman (November 6, 1976 April 22, 2004) was an American football player who left his professional sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the United States Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

 


Michael Peterson performs "You Could Hear a Pin Drop"

 

 

The Wounded Warrior Project
Trace Adkins and the West Point Cadet Glee Club.

 

Trace Adkins sings "Till the Last Shot's Fired" with the West Point Cadet Glee Club


I See America
(Sandy Riggers who wrote, and sings this song, plus produced the video is from Idaho)

 

 


Remember Me

 


Return to Makin Island 


"Arms of an Angel"

 


 

 

Taps

Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to render emotion than the call Taps. The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy. In the British Army, a similar call known as Last Post has been sounded over soldiers' graves since 1885, but the use of Taps is unique with the United States military, since the call is sounded at funerals, wreath-laying and memorial services.

Taps began as a revision to the signal for Extinguish Lights (Lights Out) at the end of the day. Up until the Civil War, the infantry call for Extinguish Lights was the one set down in Silas Casey's (1801-1882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. The music for Taps was adapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade (Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac) in July, 1862.

As the story goes, General Butterfield was not pleased with the call for Extinguish Lights feeling that the call was too formal to signal the days end and with the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton, wrote Taps to honor his men while in camp at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, following the Seven Day's battle. These battles took place during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. The call, sounded that night in July, 1862, soon spread to other units of the Union Army and was even used by the Confederates. Taps was made an official bugle call after the war.

As soon as Taps was sounded that night in July 1862, words were put with the music. The first were, "Go To Sleep, Go to Sleep." As the years went on many more versions were created. There are no official words to the music but here are some of the more popular verses:



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

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh

 

"Lord of our lives, our hope in death, we cannot listen to Taps without our souls
stirring.  Its plaintive notes are a prayer in music--of hope, of peace, of grief, of
rest...  Prepare us too, Lord, for our final bugle call when you summon us home!  
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death will be no more."

--From the invocation delivered by Chaplain (Colonel) Edward Brogan (USAF, Ret.) at the Taps
Exhibit Opening Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 28 May 1999

 

 

Definition of a Veteran

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life."

 That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no  longer understand it
.

  -- Author Unknown

 

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