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200 Buglers Play ‘Taps’ to Mark Anniversary (NPR) Archives

Bowdoin's Memorial Flagpole with Hubbard Hall in the background, circa 1930.


Today, Saturday, May 19, 2012, the haunting call of  “Taps” will roll across Arlington National Cemetery from the horns of 200 buglers assembled to mark the 150th anniversary of the now-famous military signal. “Taps,” known to most as a funeral and memorial homage, originated during the Civil War as a call for lights out. Adopted by both Union and Confederate armies, it has a fascinating and powerful history that continues today.