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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:30 PM

78 Year Old Tacoma WA Man, Every Evening, Plays Taps from his Balcony, and his Neighbors Love it... [View all]

I saw this on CBS 'Sunday Morning' and thought it was a beautiful example of non-military folks honoring the fallen, and giving thanks for what they have given us... a different kind of Veteran's Day story... Video at link

(CBS News) TACOMA, Wash. - Residents of a quiet little neighborhood in Tacoma have been hearing something wonderful for the past couple of years just as the sun begins to set over Puget Sound. That something is a song. Twenty-four of the most poignant notes ever strung together, "Taps."

One neighborhood resident said "when you hear the first note, everything in our house comes to a complete halt."

Another resident said that they "kind of let it wash over [them]."

Although the notes have been played before, everywhere from military funerals to Boy Scout campfires, rarely is "Taps" heard coming off of a back porch in a suburban neighborhood.

Don Brittain has been playing trumpet since he was a kid. He even played in a band for a while, but he's never taken it as seriously as he does now.

"I'm in another zone when I am playing," said Don. "I'm not aware of anything other than the fact that I'm playing this and I'm trying to play it as best as I can."

Every morning the 78-year-old retired aerospace worker checks the paper to see when the sunset is and every afternoon he practices for his nightly performance.

Don mostly does this in appreciation for our military.

"[I want to] support our guys who are over there fighting" said Don. "I had polio as a kid so I couldn't serve."

more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57530063/nightly-taps-makes-neighbors-take-notice

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