Sunday, January 9, 2011

U.S. Army to do away with live buglers

The U.S. Army has decided to stop using live buglers at military funerals.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has projected that approximately 550,000 veterans will
die this year. Any one who was honorably discharged is entitled to full military honors, which
includes the playing of TAPS.

There are more deaths than there are bugle players, so the Army is using a device that plays
a 57 second rendition of TAPS from inside an electronic bugle.

This is receiving mixed results, some say it is almost as good as a live bugler, others say
that a live bugler is a sign of respect to the veteran being interred.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996