Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. Today, we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. They gave their lives to protect the freedom and security of our nation’s citizens. No gift could be greater. Many traditions abound to acknowledge our fallen heroes. Parade marchers carry American flags past overcrowded sidewalks. Gold star families that visit cemeteries everywhere. The famed ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier, giving hope to grieving families. But perhaps more than that, there is no greater significance on Memorial Day than the playing of “Taps”. It signals the end of the fallen service person’s duty, marking our final tribute of gratitude. This musical gift of honor and respect touches us deeply no matter how many times we have heard it. This, a sincere tribute from eGifter.com.
Every “Taps” Player Started by Learning a Simple Musical Scale
To think, the source of each somberly played “Taps” tune traces back to the musician’s interest in learning to play their instrument. Especially on Memorial Day, eGifter.com is proud to make available gift cards to Guitar Center, where fine trumpets, cornets and bugles are sold. Regardless of whether you have youth, or age, on your side, it is never too late to learn to play “Taps”. We hope to inspire the young and young-at-heart. Goodness knows our country needs all the inspiration and honor there is to have.
“Taps” is a Military Signal, Not a Song
Through the reliable source of Wikipedia, we learn that the words are not lyrics, but rather a mnemonic device. Here is a tidbit of information for the musically inclined about the melody of “Taps”. It is composed entirely from the written notes of the C major triad. This is because the bugle, for which it is written, is fundamentally limited, restricting the tune to just a few available notes. Interestingly, the musical gift of honor and respect comes down to B-flat, D, and F.
Let’s take a beat to remember the fallen heroes whose sacrifice means so much. To that end, eGifter Stories is proud to honor our service men and women with this tribute:
Day is done, gone the sun,
Fromthelake, from-the-hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, G-d is nigh.
As we go … This we know . G-d is nigh