Friday, July 21, 2006

Goodbye cruel week

I'm ending this week with the same words that were last spoken at my father's memorial service. This is my goodbye to a week of emotional rollercoastering and tilt-a-whirling. This is also a proper internet farewell to the drama that has surrounded my hero's final days. This is not a farewell to my hero, but that is for me more than it is for my blog.

Without any further ado, here are the words to "Taps" that were read by my husband, who will be travelling to Korea in a couple of weeks, to uphold his duty as a U.S. Soldier from the same installation where my father once tread:

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake from the hills, from the sky,
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor God keep.
On the land, or the deep, safe in sleep.

Fading light, dims the sight
and a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands, we our souls, Lord, commend.

3 comments:

SuziSusana said...
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saddened ex-boyfriend said...

I'm sorry he's not in this world anymore. The world was more interesting with him in it. I always appreciated the flying lesson he gave me. I'm sorry for your loss and hope you're on the road to healing.

At least your dad is flying now. God bless him.

al said...

TAPS
If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were
played; this brings out a new meaning of it. Here is something EVERY
AMERICAN should know. Until I read this, I didn't know, but I checked
it out and it's true:

We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's
the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in
our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think
you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army
Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in
Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow
strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who
lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or
Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring
the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the
stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When
the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was
actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a
lantern and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son.

The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.
Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his
superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy
status. His request was only partially granted.

The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members
play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned
down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the
father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of
musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the
dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" ... used at military
funerals was born.

The words are .

Day is done .. Gone the sun ... >From the lakes ...
From the hills, From the sky .. All is well .
Safely rest ... God is nigh .
Fading light ... Dims the sight ... And a star .
Gems the sky ... Gleaming bright ... From afar .
Drawing nigh .. Falls the night ... Thanks and praise ..
For our days ... Neath the sun .. Neath the stars...Neath the sky ...
As we go ... This we know . God is nigh ...

I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have
never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know
there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song,
and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.

REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND HARMED WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.
And also those who presently serve in the Armed Forces.