There are several stories of the origin of Taps but As I listen to my lil brother Elijah play the 24 notes of Taps for our hometown Veterans Day Program this particular account of the songs origin really hits home for me and the recognition of how much the families of military service members sacrifice as a service to their country! I couldnt be prouder of Elijah and what an honor it is for him to have gotten the opportunity to play these notes today! I love you Elijah and Happy Veterans Day to my family and all the family of military members past and present!! .... It must be pointed out that other stories of the origin of Taps exist. A popular one is that of a Northern boy who was killed fighting for the south. His father, Robert Ellicombe a Captain in the Union Army, came upon his sons body on the battlefield and found the notes to Taps in a pocket of the dead boys Confederate uniform. When Union General Daniel Sickles heard the story, he had the notes sounded at the boys funeral. There is no evidence to back up the story or the existence of Captain Ellicombe. As with many other customs, this solemn tradition continues today.
Posted on: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 02:54:50 +0000
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