World War II veteran James Bowen was laid to rest recently. From across the cemetery, taps rang out, courtesy of a volunteer bugler who drove 100 miles to be there.
John Cooksey, a fellow veteran, said, “He served under Patton. His idol was George Patton.”
WWII vets are dying at the rate of 10,000 a week. With so many vets passing, many families are being forced to settle for either a fake bugle or a boom box to play taps.
That’s where Bugles Across America comes in. This non-profit organization of volunteer buglers tries to fill the shortage.
For Jimmy Bowen’s grandson, having a real bugler meant all the difference in the world.
William Sunday, Bodwen's grandson, said, “God bless. It really meant a lot to him and to all of us here. That’s why I do it is for ya’ll and for him."
Most volunteer buglers are former military and for them being a part of Bugles Across America is a way to continue serving.
SGT John Grey, a volunteer bugler, said, “There are only 24 notes in taps and four different octaves is all there is. It’s the strongest 24 notes you’ll ever play."
The military only has 500 buglers, not enough to do the job, and that’s where the volunteers come in.