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The Moving History Of 'Taps' As Told By John Wayne Will Give Y'all Chills

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Grab a tissue before you listen to this one. Country western icon, John Wayne, who is known for his fierce American pride tells the emotional history of Taps, a song that is played at every soldier's funeral. Whenever the song pierces through the silent sky, chills are always imminent, and with that comes the tears.

John Wayne has always had a voice that commands our attention and it's no different in this historic speech. Listen to him tell the original story and soon after that the rising melody and words of Taps begins to play.

It was July in Virginia. The scent of the dogwood and the laurel lay heavy on the land, while the virgining fruit of the peach and the apple marked the full sway of summer.

For seven fateful days the trees, the flowers — yes, the very ground itself– had shuddered under the roar of canons, the bark of howitzers, and the crackling of a legion of rifles. Now all was silent. The sledgehammer blows of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson had mauled the army of the Potomac, and yet that army was not destroyed. Seven thousand men had fallen in that dreadful week, and the savagery of the conflict was grimly evident in the river of wounded that wound through the green hills.  

Now a new sound drifted in the soft, evening sky.

Colonel Dan Butterfield, a courageous and able soldier was also a man of music. To honor his fallen comrades, he had composed a simple and heart-rending melody. On July 2nd in the year of 1862, its strains floated over the graves that scarred the dark, Virginia earth.

It has been more than 100 years since that song was born. But those notes have never died away. Every night of the year throughout the world, fighting men of America from the North and the South, the East and the West close their eyes and sleep to its call. In each of their hearts, there glows a fierce surge of pride.

We guarantee you'll be filled with pride for the American flag and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country's freedoms.

TAPS LYRICS

FADING LIGHT,
FALLING NIGHT,
TRUMPET CALLS AS THE
SUN SINKS IN FLIGHT:
SLEEP IN PEACE, COMRADES
DEAR GOD IS NEAR.

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