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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Protocol During Taps

Have you wondered what you should do when if hear Taps? What is the protocol for Taps if you attend a funeral or a ceremony where Taps is sounded?

-The bugle signal known as Taps is the call sounded for Military Funeral Honors. Performance consists of 24 notes sounded on a bugle or trumpet. Taps is performed by a solo bugler or trumpeter without accompaniment or embellishment.

- During a rendition of Taps at a military funeral, memorial service or wreath ceremony,

-All present not in uniform should stand at attention facing the music with the right hand over the heart;

-Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

-Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of Taps and maintain that position until the last note;

-When Taps is sounded in the evening as the final call of the day at military bases, salutes are not required.

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