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Minnesota National Guard
Bugle calls at Camp Ripley

We honor our fallen comrades with the playing of "˜Taps' at the end of the day

Posted: May 13, 2011 - 7:58pm

By Col Scott Sauver http://analyticsapnewsregistrycom/analytics/v2/imagesvc//RWS//MAI/2723/E/prod

A Soldier lies in his rack sound asleep following a hard day of training

Like clockwork, the bugle sounds in the early am playing a vigorous reveille He springs from his bed, goes into his morning routine and preps for the events of the day

Bugle calls date back more than 2,000 years, but didn't establish their strong presence in military life until the early 19th century

They were heavily used during the Civil War A Soldier in the cavalry or artillery would take action to more than 25 bugle calls each day

Commanders also heavily relied on their buglers to keep track of their troops and get them to take action on the battlefield

In today's Army, we don't use as many calls as they did in the days of the Civil War but play them as they are a strong part of our military history

One of the most well known bugle calls is "Taps," which often invokes strong emotions from those attending a military funeral

Camp Ripley currently plays four bugle calls over its public address system

Each morning is started with first call at 6:25 am, followed shortly by Reveille at 6:30 am We end our work day with Retreat and To the Colors at 5 pm  

We used to play Tattoo at 10:45 pm and Taps at 11 pm, but after receiving a few concerns from neighbors we temporarily stopped the playing of these calls I am hoping to start them again once I have my staff change the speaker that they are played on

We play these calls at Camp Ripley because it's a part of every service member's military life honoring our nation and our comrades in arms

The playing of these calls reminds each member that they are part of something that dates back long before themselves An organization that has freed the oppressed, shaped a nation and brought desperately needed aid to those whom need it the most

We honor our fallen comrades with the playing of "Taps" at the end of day and are reminded of those whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for the love of their country

While I can understand the concerns of our neighbors having their evenings and sleep disrupted by the playing of our calls, I want to reassure them we are addressing these concerns

I want to be the best neighbor I can be I look forward to playing these calls in the near future but won't play them until my staff can do so from a speaker that minimizes the disruption to our neighbors

I ask all who hear the playing of our bugle calls to remember why we are playing them and to think of the history behind each of them If you can hear the music of Reveille and Retreat, the proper thing to do is stop what you are doing, face the music or flag, place your hand over your heart until the last note is played

The history of our military is a great one, and bugle calls are a part of that history We honor that history and the men and women who made that history possible by continuing to play these calls today

Col Scott St Sauver is Camp Ripley post commander

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