The Last Post...The real story....

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  1. Ray

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    The Last Post...The real story....

    If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which The Last Post was played;
    This brings out a new meaning of it.
    Here is something everyone should know.

    Until I read this, I didn't know,

    We have all heard the haunting song, 'The Last Post.'
    It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.


    But, do you know the story behind the song?
    If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings


    Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia . The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

    During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

    When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead..

    The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier.. It was his own son.

    The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

    The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

    The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

    The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.


    But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

    The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

    This wish was granted.


    The haunting melody, we now know as 'The Last Post' used at military funerals was born.
    The words are:

    Day is done.
    Gone the sun..
    From the lakes
    From the hills.
    From the sky..
    All is well.
    Safely rest.
    God is nigh.

    Fading light.
    Dims the sight.
    And a star.
    Gems the sky.
    Gleaming bright.
    From afar..
    Drawing nigh.
    Falls the night..

    Thanks and praise.
    For our days.
    Neath the sun
    Neath the stars.
    Neath the sky
    As we go.
    This we know.
    God is nigh


    I too have felt the chills while listening to 'The Last Post'

    But I have never seen all the words to the song until now.

    I didn't even know there was more than one verse .

    I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if

    You had either so I thought I'd pass it along.

    I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

    Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
    Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned;
    And for those presently serving in the Armed Forces


    Please send this on.
    For our soldiers...please don't break it .

    I didn't!

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    thats a touching story...
     
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    After reading this i can feel what you feel

    Respect

    Jai hind
     
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    Respect


    jai hind
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    I must add a correction to the OP. What BG Ray refers to there is a bugle call known as "Taps", and the Civil War story is true as far as I know.



    These are the words to "Taps" as BG Ray quoted.
    "Last Post" and "Taps" are different tunes.
     
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    As a postscript, all US veterans are entitled to a military funeral with a bugler. There is a shortage of buglers, so soldiers who are not musicians are given a bugle with a little electronic device that plays "Taps" automatically. They bring the bugle to their lips and push a button to play the call. Sad. :-(
     
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