The most haunting and melancholy notes to those of us in the United States are the 24 historic notes of Taps. Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to render emotion than Taps, such as the rendition below at Nebraska’s Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Freedom isn't free. Military taps at Fort McPherson, Nebraksa Photo: Diana Rowe / Traveling Grandmom

Freedom isn’t free. Military taps at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Nebraksa Photo: Diana Rowe / Traveling Grandmom

History of Military Taps

The use of Taps is unique to the United  States military, as the call is sounded at funerals, wreath-laying  and memorial services. One particular day of the year is set aside to remember the U.S. armed forces who have fallen, the annual May event, Memorial Day. My travels in May led me to the Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Did you know? Any veteran who is buried in a national cemetery is entitled to military funeral honors that include folding and presentation of the U.S. flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. While I was there, a service was taking place in the national cemetery, and you could’ve dropped a pin, except for the sound of the tops honoring the U.S. veteran.

Take a minute to pause, remember and honor all those who serve by viewing the video below.  From all of us at TravelingMom to those who have served, thank you.

Military Taps at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near North Platte

Military Taps at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near North Platte