Memorials and Taps

Do not stand by my grave and weep …
I am not there; I do not sleep.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds circling in flight.
Do not stand by my grave and cry …
I am not there. I did not die.

— Royster

TapsNational Memorials


Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield
Army of the Potomac, Civil War

“As soon as Taps was sounded that night in July 1862, words were put with the music. The first were, “Go To Sleep, Go to Sleep.” As the years went on many more versions were created. There are no official words to the music but here are some of the more popular verses:”

Video of the playing of “Taps”:

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,
God keep.
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
Shineth bright,
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.

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Kansas City, MO

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Washington D.C.

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Washington D.C.

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Arlington, VA

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