The 150-year legacy of "Taps" was celebrated recently at Charles City County's Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, the site where Civil War Union Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield and bugler Cpl. Oliver W. Norton revised an earlier version of "Tattoo" into something into the enduring bugle call. "Taps," initially meant as a tranquil signal to extinguish all camp lights, eventually evolved into the sound of solemn tribute that today honors the sacrifice and service of the nation's fallen. For more information on "Taps" and its history, visit the Taps Bugler website and the Taps 150 website.
'Taps' 150th Birthday
Week of July 16, 2012