A "ceremonial bugle" will be donated by Moore Funeral Home to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 Commander James Cassidy. The presentation will be during the Indiana National Guard 38th MSB Company B. troop send off ceremony from 2-4 p.m. today at the Clay County Courthouse.
The digital bugle will be used by the combined color guard of the VFW and the American Legion during funeral services with military honors for local veterans.
According to the National Funeral Directors Association Reports, the Department of Defense recently approved the use of a ceremonial bugle during military funeral honors by veterans service organizations.
This approval came after Congress authorized the use of recorded renditions of "Taps" in January 2000 in response to the shortage of live buglers and the estimated 1,800 funerals performed every day for military veterans.
The ceremonial bugle consists of a microprocessor-controlled device developed by S&D Consulting International of New York. The cone-shaped device fits inside the bell of the bugle and plays an amplified version of "Taps."
"In the past, we tried to get a local person from the high school," said Rob Moore of Moore's Funeral Home. "But sometimes, with the band's activities, it was difficult to find someone available. We've used taped recordings but they're not always of good quality."
Moore thought the $560 cost was worth it.
"Our debt to these military veterans and service heroes can never be completely repaid," Moore said. "However, we can remember them and demonstrate our appreciation of their gallant service. The funeral service becomes especially significant as we pay our respects to our nation's heroes. Those who served in the military and those who served us at home have proven their devotion to us, and we owe them the same respect and devotion in return."