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Bugles Across America Fills Void

November 10th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Between 15 and 18 hundred World War Two veterans are now dying everyday. With so many funerals, there aren’t enough bugler’s to honor the deceased by playing  taps, so fake bugles or even boom boxes are used. Now a non profit  organization is stepping in to fill the void.


World War II veteran James Bowen was laid to rest recently. From across the cemetery, taps rang out, courtesy of a volunteer bugler who drove a hundred miles to be there.


John Cooksey served in WWII with James Bowen. Say Bowen ”He served under Patton. “Is that right?” “His idol was George Patton.”


WW II vets are dying at the rate of ten thousand a week. With so many vets passing, many families are being forced to settle for either a fake bugle or a boom box to play taps. That’s where Bugles Across America comes in. This non profit organization of volunteer buglers tries to fill the shortage. For Jimmy Bowen’s grandson, William Sunday, says having a real bugler meant all the difference in the world.


“God bless. It’s an honor for me to be here.”

“Thank you”

“God bless you.”

“It really meant a lot to him… and to all of us here.”

“That’s why I do it is for ya’ll and for him.


Most volunteer buglers are former military and for them being a  part of Bugles across America is a way to continue serving.  Sgt John Grey says of the duty


“There are only 24 notes in taps and four different octaves is all there is. It’s the strongest 24 notes you’ll ever play.


The military only has 500 buglers… not enough to do the job… and that’s where the volunteers come in.


Bugles Across America has a web site where you can request a bugler or make a contribution: www.buglesacrossamerica.org


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