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« on: August 11, 2017, 06:43:46 AM »
Apparently, I have never been on-base at 5:00 pm.  I was leaving the commissary from grocery shopping. I was sitting in my car while the bagging girl loaded the groceries into the trunk.  In my rear view mirror I saw she was standing still.  I thought she was having trouble closing the trunk (boot for you UK folks).  I opened the door to get out and help her, when she said, "Stay seated. You're handicapped. You don't have to stand.

Then I heard the base p.a. system playing revelie, followed by the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem. I looked around the parking lot and everyone had stopped. Most put their hand over their heart. The cars on the roads within the base actually came to a stop. It was like God speaking. Phenomenal to me. It was an "end-of-day" salute to the flag. All people in uniforms were saluting. Everyone was facing the same way. It made me think on mecca.  I believe there's a big flag in the direction they were facing. What a eerie but wonderful feeling, to know that our flag and freedoms are still respected. I was awed.

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 10:15:06 PM »
I'm surrounded by military bases and I never set foot on any of them...because I'm not allowed!  That's a cool tradition with them playing what I'm guessing was actually taps, since reveille is played in the morning.  (I'm thinking back to my summer camp days!). Probably every country does the same thing, right?

I feel like a sitting duck here, nestled away between military bases, waiting to be nuked by that crazy North Korean.  :fav209:

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 07:29:45 AM »
I'm surrounded by military bases and I never set foot on any of them...because I'm not allowed!  That's a cool tradition with them playing what I'm guessing was actually taps, since reveille is played in the morning.  (I'm thinking back to my summer camp days!). Probably every country does the same thing, right?

I feel like a sitting duck here, nestled away between military bases, waiting to be nuked by that crazy North Korean.  :fav209:

The girl loading my car said reveille and that didn't sound right to me.  Taps doesn't sound right either.  Isn't that for funerals, or is a signal "for the end of something" such as the day?

It was just so inspiring.  LOL  You know me.

Where I live, folks have been living 40 years only 90 miles for the Cuban Missle bases. Not too comfy a spot either, but Belgium would scare the bejesus out of me. You folks have made such history in your county ... but geesh, I wouldn't want to live there for that reason only.


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Re: Air Force Base
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 11:40:52 AM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taps

Apparently they play it at dusk every day.

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 10:44:42 AM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taps

Apparently they play it at dusk every day.

Thanks for that. I couldn't hear it with my door closed. And it was just ending when I noticed my bagger was standing still. I opened my door and she said revellie.

Nice of you to look it up.


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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 10:50:59 AM »
That was interesting to read.
The tune is also sometimes known as "Butterfield's Lullaby", or by the first line of the lyric, "Day Is Done". The duration may vary to some extent; the typical recording below is 59 seconds long.

We only hear the first chorus. Had forgotten it had words.



Day is done, gone the sun,
 From the lake, 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.

Sun has set, shadows come,
 Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
 Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
 And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
 To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2017, 10:55:28 AM »
There's something else interesting I don't think I knew.  Oso you can look this up too.

I believe Taps is always played on a bugle and not a trumpet.  As you can see, the bugler is not using any keys.  I assume he is doing those tones with his tongue?

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Re: Air Force Base
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2017, 05:11:56 PM »
I never thought about a bugle other than the sisters that sang Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy...or whatever that song was called.  Were they the Andrews Sisters?!

Any only 5 notes on a bugle according to this article.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5089142_play-bugle.html

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2017, 06:37:10 AM »
If I'd only known, I would have married a bugler.   :371:





Here's a British (taps) called Last Post




Here's a lot more to the bugler than I ever knew.




Never heard this before but very heartwarming message from Kevin Costnet to the British Armed Forces




 


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