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23 October, 1983.

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There are words to Taps.

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lake,
From the Hill,
From the sky.
All is well,
Sleep tonight.
God is nigh.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance, In Memoriam.

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That was a very sad day, thank you for the reminder. *bows head in honor*
 
I want to thank you for your Blog. It is more then awesome! The things you write, the pictures...everything. Thank you! Thank you for your service to our country. I am very proud of our Military.
 
I had friends serving at that time 1983. I can never forget and thank you for this post you did about it.
 
Yer welcome ma'am. Now... Duck! (for that to make sense, visit her blog...)
 
The words I was taught had 'safely rest' as the second to last line.
 
THE MILITARY TAPS Day is done, gone the sun, From the hills, from the lake, From the skies. 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. Words to Taps While there are no words to Taps per se; those given above are likely the most common. There is a poignant myth about the origin of Taps that is circulating about the Internet. The true story is that in July 1862, after the Seven Days battles at Harrison's Landing (near Richmond), Virginia, the wounded Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, General Daniel Butterfield reworked, with his bugler Oliver Wilcox Norton, another bugle call, "Scott Tattoo," to create Taps. He thought that the regular call for Lights Out was too formal. The custom, thus originated, was taken up throughout the Army of the Potomac and finally confirmed by orders." Soon other Union units began using Taps, and even a few Confederate units began using it as well. After the war, Taps became an official bugle call. Col. James A. Moss, in his Officer's Manual first published in 1911, gives an account of the initial use of Taps at a military funeral: "During the Peninsular Campaign in 1862, a soldier of Tidball's Battery A of the 2nd Artillery was buried at a time when the battery occupied an advanced position concealed in the woods. It was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave, on account of the proximity of the enemy, and it occurred to Capt. Tidball that the sounding of Taps would be the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted." More about the history of Taps can be found at: http://www.west-point.org/taps/Taps.html
 
I've linked that before, too. For the record - the words as I put them I learned as a Boy Scout in Germany, in 1970... before the Internet as we know it.
 
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