To say Arlington National Cemetery is a moving place would be an understatement. Indeed, to see the rows and rows of white headstones marking the graves of military men and women has moved many a family member or loved one to tears.
It’s a place filled with American history, with some tombstones in the 624 acre lot dating all the way back to the Civil War.
But if the cemetery is moving on its own, can you imagine attending a funeral service there?
Any funeral is tough but a military funeral has something extra attached to it. In many cases, the deceased was young and at the prime of their life when they passed away, making the ultimate sacrifice for their country, a sacrifice many of us can’t quite imagine making.
At all military functions since the Civil War, including funerals, ‘Taps’ is played on the bugle by a member from the United States Army Band. It’s a great honor to play the tune but it’s also, as you can imagine, an incredibly solemn moment.
If you’ve never witnessed it, have a look at the clip below. It’s truly a sight to see – and a sound to hear!
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