Posted on Nov 16, 2015
LTC Stephen F.
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Everybody who has spent time on a military installation has heard bugle calls - either by an actual bugler or a recorded bugle call. Some calls woke us up [First Call]; accompanied the raising of the National Colors [Reveille]; told us it was time to eat [Mess Call]; announced the retiring of the National Colors [Retreat]; told us to turn to out the lights in squad rooms of old [Tattoo]; told us to go back to our rooms [Call to Quarters]; and go to sleep (Taps) or remember the recently departed.
Many bases, posts, camps and stations only used some of these bugle calls each day; but, a few used many or most - especially West Point in my experience. Those of us who spent time on Parade fields heard Assembly, Attention and Adjutant's Call played many times. I can't remember if a bugle call coincided with the Commander's command to initiate pass in review.
The U.S. Army Music hyperlink includes each bugle call.
How did the bugle calls affect you? Did you enjoy them or did you do your best to be inside when they were played?
http://www.music.army.mil/music/buglecalls/
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I am going to say Taps, because no matter where you are, it makes you stop and reflect on those who paid the price for our freedom.
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I taught my little one, who is now a teenager, whenever we were on Post or Base to stop and face where the flag was being retreated. She would say they were putting the flag to bed.
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SGT Xenophon Garcia
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That is exactly why I did not choose Taps. For over 30 years now, I've only been hearing Taps at funerals. It makes me sad.
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SFC Richard Bennett
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We have Last Post on our electronic Bugle , American Legion Post 903.
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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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Reveille for me. The start of a new day, a chance to make a difference somehow, somewhere. To this day even though I have been out of the military almost a half century I rarely sleep past 0530 no matter what time I go to bed.
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LTC Stephen F. I'm not gonna lie I am about to sound really "Pro Navy/Pro Military" right now but, I live in base housing and one of the things I love the most is hearing Reveille and Taps going off every morning and evening.  Hearing the formations singing cadence during group runs.  Well these things fill me full of pride and make my heart swell.  The greatest part is my children are raised around it and know how to respect it.

Respect starts at home and when I have family come visit, I love explaining to them what Reveille and Taps is and why it is so important.   Photo comment: This is actual homework that my daughter did. If a 7 year can get it why can't grow adults?
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SGT Walter Lester
SGT Walter Lester
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I like revelle the best, that means it's the start of the day. It is time to get started and do what you best. It's time to show your respect to the flag and your country.
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LCpl Martin Vincent
LCpl Martin Vincent
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Tattoo, this call always seemed to calm me from a hectic day of mid 1960's U.S.M.C. boot camp.
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PO2 David Dunlap
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PO1 (Join to see) - A big percentage of our Bible Study are veterans..so not much chance of losing that commaradery a band of brothers are brothers whether vets, law enforcement or Christian brothers...imho!!
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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SGT Walter Lester - I guess I really like taps...sad, and I remember who wrote the music...even sadder!
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TAPS without a doubt. However, there are certainly times when I wish I were not hearing it.
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1SG John Millan
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My fave for motivation is CHARGE! My fave for sentiment is taps.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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LTC Stephen F. - Taps brings tears to my eyes...for all those that have given their lives and those wounded for America...and greater disgust for the SCUM in the dumocrap party that are trying to destroy this country..hang them, soros, gates, pelosi, biden, schumer, waters, schiff wittmer, nusome and especially the clintons....and may they rest in ???
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PO2 David Dunlap
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SMSgt Bob Wilson
SMSgt Bob Wilson
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The question got me to thinking. Personally, I don't care for it. The different branches of the military utilize the bugle calls for retreat. Most of the other calls are used based on the service branch. Yes, it is nostalgic and has special meaning; however, it needs to go the way of the horse and caisson. Funerals, OK; however, now at the last "military funeral" I attended, "Taps" came from a recording played from a "boom box".
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