WHAT: A Memorial Day Rendition of Taps and Moment of Reflection
WHERE: Gather outside around the Putnam County News balcony, 144 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY
WHEN: The brief ceremony will begin at 3pm on Monday, May 31
On Memorial Day (Monday, May 31), at 3pm, all are welcome to gather outside around the balcony of the new Putnam County News office at 144 Main Street to hear a rendition of "Taps." Communities around America will be pause at the same time for a few moments of reflection on the sacrifices made by the men and women who have given "the last full measure of devotion" to their country.
Max Mueller, a senior at Haldane High School, who will be attending Bard College in the fall, will play "Taps" on his trumpet, followed by a minute of silence.
The 3 o'clock tribute was started some years ago as way to remind Americans, in the midst of their barbecues and celebrations, of the true meaning of Memorial Day.
The annual Memorial Day parade will begin the same day at 9am on lower Main Street in Cold Spring, proceeding through Nelsonville and to the Cold Spring cemetery, where there will be speeches as well as the playing of “Taps,” also by Mueller.
Those interested in hearing the 3 o'clock playing of “Taps” are encouraged to gather around 144 Main Street, next to the Fire House, a few minutes early, as the brief ceremony will start promptly.
Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who died in Cold Spring, was the author of the music for Taps.
Here is one common version of the song:
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.
Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.