Saturday, December 10, 2016

Taps Tribute

Eric Barlar
December 7, 2015 · Fayetteville, AR ·
A day that will live in infamy.

Today I decided to play taps in the VA hospital's parking garage that looks out over the hospital complex. As a musician it's all I have to offer in memory of the people who carried this country on their backs through hell and high waters.

Even though this country seems divided in everything right now, unite to remember those who put aside their lives to defend yours.

As an interesting turn of events a nurse asked if I could play at the flag pole, I did. Everyone just stopped, some saluted the flag in honor of those men and women who lost their lives that December day.

And here, in case you are interested, are the lyrics to Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, 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.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

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

More info on the birth of this dirge are here

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