Governor Reinstates Live Bugler Program

9 years 8 months 4 days ago September 22, 2007 Sep 22, 2007 Saturday, September 22 2007 Saturday, September 22, 2007 9:47:10 AM CDT in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Governor Blunt says Friday he has directed the Missouri National Guard to use live buglers when available to play "Taps" at military funerals. The move reverses a previous decision by the Guard to discontinue their use. The Republican governor says it is important to honor the men and women who make sacrifices for the freedom of others. Live buglers were last used at military funerals in Missouri on September 14. The Guard said the previous decision was prompted by reductions in federal money at a time when much of military spending is focused on the war. If a live bugler is not available, a ceremonial bugle will still be used. Those bugles have an electronic device in them that plays a digital recording of "Taps."

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