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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 12:54 PM   #31
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Dr. G. While the list may seem small, for those of us who see a family member it is especially sorrowful.
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This was just sent to me... truly moving.

About the Song Taps and its Lyrics.
Screature: Moving, yes. True, no, sorry to say.

Origin of 'Taps'

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There was no dead son, Confederate or otherwise; no lone bugler sounding out the dead boy's last composition. How the call came into being was never anything more than one influential soldier deciding his unit could use a bugle call for particular occasions and setting about to come up with one.

If anyone can be said to have composed 'Taps,' it was Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War. Dissatisfied with the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the conclusion of burials during battle and also wanting a less harsh bugle call for ceremonially signaling the end of a soldier's day, he likely altered an older piece known as "Tattoo," a French bugle call used to signal "lights out," into the call we now know as 'Taps.'
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Screature: Moving, yes. True, no, sorry to say.

Origin of 'Taps'

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I wondered about the veracity of the story myself... thanks for this...

On the other hand sometimes you shouldn't let the truth get in the way of a good story...

I like the "myth" of what was sent to me none-the-less.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 01:55 PM   #35
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Dr. G. While the list may seem small, for those of us who see a family member it is especially sorrowful.
All too true, eMacMan. All too true ...... Paix, mon ami.
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Remembrance Day 2010 in Calgary was well attended at the Military Museum today. I'm glad to see that it is better attended every year. Today's nice weather cooperated perfectly.
I was also pleased to see that the organizers have upgraded the ceremony with a bandstand (courtesy of the Calgary Stampede Board) and a big screen TV so the crowd can actually see what is happening, which was almost impossible without it. Remembrance Day Calgary 2010 - Crowd.jpg
Taps is played:
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Big Screen Wreath laying view:
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 06:13 PM   #37
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More images from Calgary:

At first I was annoyed to see so many kids climbing all over the displays (despite signage asking people to not climb on them) but then I thought, how lucky for these Canadian kids to consider a tank a playground apparatus instead of something to fear. Isn't that what this service is all about?
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Crosses on the hill with names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice:
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Retired Military vehicle - wish I knew exactly what it was so I could tell you:
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Three Veterans:
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Last bunch of images (sorry, ehMac will only let me upload 4 at a time today) :

Retired CF5:
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Bigger view of CF5, complete with the remains of jet-trails from the jets that had passed overhead:
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Cool pics, KC4. My first Remembrance Day was back in Nov., 1977. Queen Elizabeth was here that year, and there were plenty of pictures taken that day. I went the next year with my camera and people looked at me as if I was chewing tobacco and spitting at the base of the War Memorial. I soon realized that picture taking was NOT an acceptable practice, especially not with a big camera and a telephoto lense.

Over the past few years, I have seen some people take quick pics with their cell phones. Only the tourists have actual cameras out taking pics. I am actually amazed at how quiet the crowd is each Nov.11th (today was over 2000 people, which is amazing if you saw the space of the actual memorial). Services are held there three times a year -- April 25th, the date of the commemoration of the Gallipoli offensive in World War I; July 1st, also known as Memorial Day here in NL, is the date of remembrance of Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel; and November 11th, Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the official end of World War I.

The picture is courtesy of CBC, since Eugene, in his wheel chair, and I are way off to the right in the picutre, near the tree.

War Memorial, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1988

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CBC News - Nfld. & Labrador - Thousands honour war dead in N.L.
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There was an interesting, and very appropriate, front page of our local paper, The Telegram, published this morning before 11AM.
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