Playing taps at military funerals
Monday, October 20th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Soldiers don't need to be bugle virtuosos to play taps anymore.
Thanks to a digital development recently approved by the Department of Defense, soldiers can now pretend to play taps.
A cone-shaped device called a ceremonial bugle fits snugly in the horn of a real bugle.
The device runs on two nine-volt batteries and is started with the push of a button.
Defense Department senior policy adviser Mark Ward says the department's 500 buglers just couldn't keep up with the 1,800 veterans who die each day.
He says a faking bugler is a more dignified alternative to a CD in the absence of a live player.
Some who actually play the bugle say the device doesn't compare to the real thing.