Twenty-four notes. It’s a simple melody, 150 years old, that can express our gratitude when words fail. Taps honors the men and women who have laid down their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. Fair winds and following seas, shipmates.
This version of taps was recorded by the United States Navy Band at the following locations:
Display Ship Barry, Washington Navy Yard
U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.