Americans soldiers honored in Holland with Taps!
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Since: Apr 10
#1 Mar 1, 2014
Watch this young lady's face while she's playing.
This is no performance: it's an act of pure,
Today's children are wise beyond their years on the planet.
Be moved! Be blessed.
TAPS ...The Last Post
A few years ago, a friend visited the Netherlands American Cemetery
and Memorial in the village of Margraten, about six miles from Maastricht.
There lie buried 8,301 American soldiers killed in the battles to liberate
Holland in the fall and winter of 1944-5. Sgt. Bill Dukeman, 101st Airborne
Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Second Battalion, Company
C (of "Band of Brothers fame) is buried there. He was killed in the battle
of "The Crossroads" in northern Holland.
The Dutch hold an annual memorial concert every September at the above
cemetery to remember and honor the Americans who died to free them in
Operation Market Garden and subsequent efforts to eject the German army
from Holland. Sgt. Dukeman, like many other fallen GIs, was "adopted"
by a Dutch family. Dukeman's family in the States was contacted and hosted
in Holland, and his grave site decorated each year by his Dutch "family."
They keep his portrait in their home, displayed in a place of honor.
Fathers pass this obligation down to their sons in Holland.
This version of the original "taps" music is played by a 13 year old Dutch girl
named Melissa Venema. The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland .
Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety .
The original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel
Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip,
so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.
Melissa Venema is playing it on a trumpet whereby the original was played on a bugle.
Watch at this site, and go full screen.
Since: Apr 10
#2 Mar 1, 2014
#3 Mar 1, 2014
If you want to see a great video, Andre Rieu and the Beer Barrel Polka.
#4 Mar 1, 2014
Too low tempo for my tastes. Not patient enough to sit thru it.
Since: Apr 10
#5 Mar 1, 2014
I always like that song. I love Andre Rieu.
The taps was the long version.....but, nonetheless less, meaningful.
When taps is played at funerals, I get so choked up....Oy!
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