Tag: taps

June 28, 2018

Playing "Taps" Links Sailor to WWII Shipmate

I've often thought about thanking Ms. Fox. She had a startling lack of patience for an elementary art teacher, but it was her irritability that caused an 11-year-old me to want to join the band. I wanted to play the flute, but my dad, rightfully recognizing my motives didn't stem from a genuine interest in music, decided that having me play his old

May 23, 2015

Honoring our Shipmates: The Heritage of the Military Funeral and Burial at Sea

  Honoring the deceased is a centuries-old practice that includes many traditions across cultures. The customs and traditions behind military funerals and burial at sea date as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. In the Navy's culture, as we give the final honor to our shipmates, we employ traditions that not only signify the service of the