Taps

What is it about Taps that evokes so much emotion when I hear it played on a bugle? You know me, I had to find out the history of Taps, and found interesting information on the West Point website here in case you want to know, too. And here’s another website with all of the information you could ever wish to know about Taps here. I didn’t realize Taps had words also:

Taps

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.

The Honor Guard from Mattydale, NY honored my Dad at his burial yesterday by shooting their rifles and playing Taps. Afterwards, they presented my Mom with the nine empty gun shells. They wanted to fold the flag again for us, but Mom couldn’t handle that again since it was very emotional the first time.

And let me just say, yesterday was worse emotionally for all of us than his wake and memorial service. Maybe because reality is setting in, who knows. It all sucks. But at the same time, he is at peace, and I am happy for him. Rest well, my dearest Daddy.  Next thing you know, you’ll be seeing the family you left behind again.

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L to R, My Dad’s sister, My Dad’s father, My Dad. Taken at home in LaFayette, NY. I was just starting to scan in his Navy photos, and this is the only one I have so far (well, I have two others, but I wouldn’t show them in public). I need to Photoshop this photo, but I thought I’d share it with you anyway.

Now that we have closure, I feel I can start taking photos again. I told Mom, if Mother’s Day is nice we are going out in the woods! I got no argument from her! As we were driving to LaFayette yesterday I saw the trillium and cowslip aka marsh marigold in blossom in the woods and swamps. I so need to get out and see them up close!