Those who have never served in the military may not know much about TAPS.  I served in the U.S. Navy and there are some differences between the various armed forces. In the  Navy at the designated bedtime (2200 … 10 PM) it too is called TAPS.  Tomorrow is Memorial Day, an American holiday set aside to observe the men and women in military uniform who gave their lives in service to our country. The TAPS song consists of 24 notes traditionally played on a bugle or trumpet. It is such a powerful song which has always touched my heart years before I went into the Navy and still does to this day. I am 75 years old and this is the first time in my entire life that I even knew that TAPS has words to it.

And I don’t think I have ever heard the origin of TAPS before.

This next video got my attention …

Stop drinking and return to quarters …

I love my country and I appreciate our military …I

I don’t have any musical talent at all but I sure would love to be able to play musical instruments and sing well.

Lastly I salute  all of our military …

To those who served and came back home … THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE …i

I leave you with a bit of humor. (Please humor me, I was in the Navy.) And please be aware that this joke is far from scriptural.

A soldier, a sailor, an airman, and a marine get into an argument about
what armed force is the best. The argument gets so heated that they fail
to see an on-coming truck. They are hit and killed instantly. When they
arrive in heaven, they see Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. So they
decide he can settle their argument. They walk up and ask him, “Saint
Peter, what Military Service is the best?” He thinks for a moment, then
says, “Well, I’m afraid I can’t tell you. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll
talk to God next time I see Him, and I’ll find out for you. In the mean
time, welcome to heaven.” So they enter. Later, they see Saint Peter
while walking around, and they ask him about their question. But before
Saint Peter can say anything, trumpets blare, a bright light shines, and
a white dove flies out of the light with an envelope in it’s beak. Saint
Peter says, “Ah, here’s the answer from the Boss.” He takes the letter,
and the dove flies off. He opens it, trumpets play, gold dust flies up,
and Saint Peter reads aloud:




Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines,
All branches of the United States Armed forces are truly honorable.
One should take pride in serving with the Military. You are all
well-trained men, all capable of pulling off your job exceedingly well.
Therefore, there is no superior service.

God, USN (Ret.)


“Taps, taps, lights out! All hands turn into your bunks! Maintain silence about the decks! The smoking lamp is out in all berthing spaces.”




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