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Hometown Heroes: Honor Guard

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Clarice Tinsley's Hometown Heroes this week are in charge of the 28-note salute for those who have honorably served our nation.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of taps. The 28-note salute was first sounded on a battlefield during the Civil War. It now means the final salute as military men and women are laid to rest who have honorably served our nation.

Government cutbacks and a lack of buglers means very few funerals have live taps. Most often the tribute is played with an electronic bugle or pre-recorded from a speaker.

Bugles Across America is a non-profit that changes that. Its numbers are small but highly dedicated. There are 7,000 buglers in the United States in this organization... in the Dallas - Fort Worth area there are 20.

The volunteers believe live taps is the proper salute and that's what they play free of charge at any cemetery for those honorably discharged.

Two of those local buglers are Larry Crossman and Douglas Ebersole. The Vietnam veterans feel it's their duty to be of service as the Honor Guard and play live taps. They believe every day is Veterans' Day.

To arrange to have live taps played free of charge in the North Texas area call 817-800-9234 or visit www.buglesacrossamerica.org. They're happy to accept donations as well as men, women and young adults who can serve as buglers.

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