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Military Protocol – TAPS:  (sunset/9:00 P.M 21:00 hours) Taps 24 notes signal and sound at the end of the military day. A time to sleep. At the sound of Taps, the American flag is slowly lowered. Taps is also played at military funerals and memorial services. REVEILLE: (sunrise/7:00 A.M.)  Reveille signals and sounds the time to arise and begin the new day. During Reveille the American flag is slowly raised. Taps/Reveille Military Protocol: As the flag is lowered (Taps) and raised (Reveille), everyone stops where they are (including vehicles). All in military uniform stand at attention towards the music and salute. Others place a hand over their heart. Both stand at attention until the last note is played. As you stand (not kneel) you show honor and respect to the flag. During the music you should remember, and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

A Spiritual Illustration: “Winston Churchill (11/30/1874 – 01/24/1965) a British statesman, writer,  and soldier who twice served as Prime Minister (England) planned his own funeral service before he died. His wishes called for a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s Cathedral to play the notes of taps after the benediction. The taps were meant to represent that his physical life was over. But then came the most dramatic turn: as soon as the taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of reveille – it’s time to get up and arise in the new morning. At the end of history, the last note will not be taps; it will be reveille.”- Churchill funeral – ministry127.com.

I then thought, at death, Taps is sounded “here” but instantly Reveille is sounded “there.” “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent (taps) from the body, and to be present (reveille) with the Lord”  (2 Cor. 5:8). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…and with the trump of God: and the dead (asleep) in Christ shall rise (Reveille)  first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18).

Remember while TAPS is played “HERE”- REVEILLE is played “THERE.”  So look for the Son and listen for the sound of the trumpet (Reveille) and comfort one another with these words. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). TAPS & REVEILLE

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