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“The Price for Freedom”-Video Two

“The price that our freedom demanded, didn’t allow you to come back.”

Our second video features Amazing Grace on bagpipes, the playing of Taps, and a 21-Gun Salute … and the images … the images so hard to imagine …

“… When someone is remembered … they continue to live on in the hearts of those they made impressions upon.”

I promise you that many of these images, many of which I saw here for the first time, I can’t get out of my mind … nor can I forget … nor do I want to forget.

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

 

Special Video, Images, and Words: ALL FOR ALL

As I stand on the front porch, rehearsing the Gettysburg Address (for events planned this Summer), I hear the 21-Gun Salute from the Memorial Service, taking place on “Memorial Bridge,” spanning the river down the street.
I think, again, of President Lincoln’s words, “we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain …”
That was November 19, 1863. A year earlier, 1862, “Taps” was “born.”
We’re going to share with you’re a video featuring the narration of John Wayne, and then a series of unforgettable images. Images that we cannot watch and not be changed. To be reminded of those who “gave their lives that that nation might live.”

Under the video, for those of you who have never seen the actual words to “Taps,” are the words.

For today, and every day, “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

TAPS
Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.
Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky.
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh

 

The Story Of “Taps”

Taps

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

 

Here is something Every American should know. Until I read this, I didn’t know, but I checked it out and it’s true:  

 

We in the   United States  have all heard the haunting song, ‘Taps…’ It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.

 

But, do you know the story behind the song?  If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.  

 

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in   Virginia  .  The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

 

During the night, Captain Elli heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.  Not knowing if it was a   Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment..  

 

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.  

 

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock.  In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out..  Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.  

 

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

 

The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.  

 

The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.  

 

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

 

The Captain chose a bugler.  He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform.  

This wish was granted.  

 

The haunting melody, we now know as ‘Taps’ used at military funerals was born.  

 

The words are: Day is done. Gone the sun.
From the lakes  From the hills.
From the sky. All is well.  Safely rest.
God is nigh. Fading light. Dims the sight.
 And a star. Gems the sky. Gleaming bright.  From afar..
Drawing nigh.  Falls the night. Thanks and praise.  For our days.
Neath the sun.  Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
 

As we go. This we know. 
God is nigh

 

I too have felt the chills while listening to ‘Taps’ but I have never seen all the words to the song until now.  I didn’t even know there was more than one verse .  I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn’t know if you had either so I thought I’d pass it along.  

 

I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.  

 

Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.