O Lord, you have showed us that death is but
the gateway to a more glorious life, and that we must not fear its coming; and we know, also, that neither life nor death
can separate us from your love. Assure us yet again that our departed comrades are not lost to us, but sharing new life with
you in the kingdom of our Father, where we shall in your good time be reunited.
We know them to be with you forever... Amen
This is a place for remembering our brothers and sisters who have passed away. They are gone but not forgotten, and we will
continue to carry on their legacy.
If you have a friend or family member that is a legionnaire that has passed,
please let us know, so that we may post their information in memorium. Information & Photos can be sent to Ken Bundrick.
The History of Taps
Reportedly, it all began
in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in
Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on
the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring
the stricken man back for medical attention.
Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward
When the Captain
finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath
and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying
music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission
of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band
members play a funeral dirge for his son at the
funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father,
they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of
in the pocket of the dead youth's
uniform. This wish was granted.
melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born.
The words are
Day is done ... Gone the sun
From the lakes ...From
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
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
D. Komula, USAF, passed away February 15, 2009
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