Taps at the Tower returns Sunday to Liberty Memorial

“Taps at the Tower” returns to the Liberty Memorial for the fourth year beginning Sunday.

For seven days through June 24, a lone bugler will play taps at sunset, about 8:45 p.m., on the deck of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Museum officials encourage people to enjoy the grounds and then gather at the tower at dusk for the solemn ritual dating to the Civil War.

“Then as now, ‘Taps’ serves as a vital component in ceremonies honoring military dead,” according to Snopes.com. “It is also understood by American servicemen as an end-of-day ‘lights out’ signal.”

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