The Bugler Plays Taps

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The Bugler Plays Taps


Men of gallantry

Women of courage

Bravery in combat

Never discouraged


Fighting with valor

Flying with nerve

Spines that were daring

Limbs filled with verve


Yet human they were

Mortality reigned

Casualties of war

And death to them came


Regardless of decade

Or mission in battle

Nobility was called

They would not rattle


They fought for ideas

Carried life in a bag

They defended our liberty

Represented our flag


Today of all days

Stars and stripes should be waving

If they are not

You’re misbehaving


Memorial Day we honor

And always salute

The warriors who shielded

And lived resolute


They awoke to reveille

Yet died on world maps

We gratefully remember

As The Bugler Plays Taps


-Jim McNeff

Memorial Day 2016



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