“It’s ‘I care’ and ‘I love you’ and ‘I remember you.’ That is what ‘Taps’ is.”
“It’s my way of saying you are not alone. And there are others right beside you, even if you not know who you are.”
United States Navy veteran Mark Stallins talks of his longform ritual — to honor the memory of fallen service members, on Memorial Day, at Fort Logan National Cemetery near Denver, Colorado.
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So he walks row after row at the 214-acre site with more than 122,000 internments — his trusty trumpet in hand.
“We follow the list. We go around: Next stop, next stop, next stop,” he said. “There’s no rhyme or reason.”
His journey is one of gratitude — a 45-second trumpet solo at a time.
The families he meets along the way say his music hits all the right notes.
“We got very lucky. It was very special. It was very honoring for my brother and my family,” Martinez said.
“There’s not a higher respect than that. It’s absolutely beautiful,” Lovato said.
The sound of Stallins’ horn rings throughout the cemetery. People stand at attention. It’s all about honoring the fallen.
The song “Taps” was penned by Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Butterfield. His intention was to replace the ditty they already used, which was an old French number.
His effort was a success, and “Taps” was officially recognized by the military in 1874.