Memorex on Memorial Day - 05/29/14

  I was in the office on Memorial Day and had the honor of handling our coverage of some of the local holiday observances.  There were several great observances including on in downtown Old Hickory that was well-attended and complete with a brass band.  One of the other big ceremonies locally was held at the veteran's cemetery in Madison.  The Madison event was also well-attended but instead of a brass band, there was one service member with a bugle.  Instead of being a bugler, he was holding a bugle fitted with an electronic device that plays a recording of taps.
  It's not the first time I've seen this story of thing but seeing that device in use at a large ceremony on a national holiday where we remember the men and women who have given their lives in the service to this great nation, the notes from that bugle device fell flat.
  I know the Pentagon has many priorities it obviously feels are more important than a real bugler being available for events like a Memorial Day observance.  If the decision was mind, I'd redirect a little of the hundreds of millions of dollars our government gives away across the world to influence foreign policy or buy friendships, that are friendships in name only, and teach some of our military recruiters to play the bugle.  They're already stateside.  Using them would not negatively impact any missions.  The men and women who wear our uniforms or have worn our uniforms deserve better.  This is just a small example in my mind of where we as a people have fallen short.

 

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