Is it okay to play Taps in the evening at an RV park?

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An RVer named Darrin has posted in at least two Facebook groups about his patriotic playing of Taps each evening in an RV park. He uses his outside speakers to amplify the bugle call while he lowers the large American flag he flies over his RV. He asked the question, “Is that rude or is that acceptable to most?”

More than 2,000 people commented on one of his posts – some saying it was perfectly fine, and in fact it was a wonderful way for him to show his appreciation of our country and the military. Others replied that while they, too, loved our country, it was not an appropriate place to play the traditional military call.


HEAR TAPS. Click the play button.

What do you think? Please answer the poll below, and feel free to leave a comment.

And, by the way, according to Wikipedia, one version of the origin of the word “taps” comes from the Dutch taptoe, meaning “close the (beer) taps (and send the troops back to camp).”

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Darrel

I am retired military, and I vote no. There is a time and place for everything. Special occasions ok. Daily NO.

Dont subject others to your whims. No loudspeakers.

Brent McDonald

Were having a discussion about the wrong tune. Retreat is the appropriate tune played in the lowering of the flag at the end of the day. Taps well that’s for something else

Al

I lean toward “No it is not OK to stand outside and play a loud noise with a Bugle, even more so if it is amplified.”
There is a time and place for everything. Just because it is Taps doesn’t automatically give someone a pass on making noise.
What if I wanted to make some other sounds or music to celebrate a particular time of day? Who gets to decide what is appropriate and what is not?

CHARLES COX

Camp at Knob Noster SP near Warrensburg MO. The park is located next to Whiteman AF base and if you listen closely, you can hear both reveille and taps.

Jeremy Pratt

Natural volume, sure; amplified blasting out of speakers no.

Jim

The question should be about the volume, not the song. If it is ok to play Taps at an amplified volume, then it is ok to play any music at an amplified volume. I don’t mind you playing your favorite music as long as I don’t have to listen to it.

Tom Edelman

There is a time and place for everything. I am a vet and love my country but….Taps at a public campground? no way.

John Koenig

Any AMPLIFIED sounds other that warning sirens (severe storms, tornadoes etc) should be UNACCEPTABLE. Perhaps this camper should stay ONLY at military facilities. If a campers’ TV, stereo etc can be heard outside of the site he paid for, it needs to have its’ volume lowered.

sharon B

I think its ok to play Taps

marty chambers

If you want to play soldier go camp at a military camp. I camp for peace and quiet.

Bill

On smaller ships the Boatswains Mate blew taps on his pipe (a sort of whistle – wheeeeee-oooooh-wheeee-whoop with a trill) and announced “Taps, taps, lights out! All hands turn into your bunks! Maintain silence about the decks! The smoking lamp is out in all berthing spaces. Now taps.” Maybe the maintain silence part should be stressed in the campground.

P Cleveland

I responded “no” because he employed an amplifier. This makes it rude. Would have no objection if “ natural” volume.

Mark C Schaffler

Think this shows the percentage of veterans you have on this site. Always wish Chuck would conduct a poll
here asking how many members are veterans.

Vanessa Simmons

I did not answer because: Taps should be played at night as a “lights out” signal and not to bring down the flag. On military bases the national anthem is played as the flag is slowly lowered.
If played at the appropriate time it would be late and people might be sleeping. It is a sad song and could cause grief for those who recently lost a soldier, sailor, marine, airman, or coast guardsman be they young or old as it is played at the funeral. Play it through your ear buds or very low so only those in your campsite can hear. (retired Army Captain)

Tom

I’m a Navy vet and Playing of Taps is a wonderful way to end the day and lowering the flag. No amplification should be used. This would be most appropriate as daylight extends and many RV may be retired to bed for a early start the next day.

Captn John

After reading all comments 2 main reasons I enjoy CGs on military installations come to mind. I really enjoy hearing the bugle. The general whining public are not present.

Nina Soltwedel

I think it is a lovely way to end the day, and would appreciate hearing it. For those of us who lost family members in war, it is also a moment to pause, reflect, and remember. Only twenty-four notes long, but it sparks many memories. However, I would urge the gentleman to not amplify the sound … the bugle really needs no amplification. One would be wise to consider the close quarters of an RV park, and the fact that all share in the appreciation of “Taps.”

Jeanette Handling

Retreat would be more appropriate, but I vote for tattoo–extinguish lights and cease loud talking.

William Maginot

I believe it would be more appropriate to play retreat when lowering his flag. Taps is meant to play to honor a fallen military member.

Doris JoAnn Hamilton

GOD BLESS YOUR HEART AND SOUL–CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING SO WILLING AND TALENTED AS TO BE ABLE TO DO IT. AND HONOR ALL THOSE THAT DESERVE SUCH A TRIBUTE. I THANK YOU AND HOPE I AM SOMEWHERE NEAR SOMETIME, SO I CAN WALK OVER AND SHAKE YOUR AND MORE THAN LIKELY A FEW TEARS GIVE YOU A GREAT BIG BEAR HUG. THANK YOU. MY FATHER SERVED, MY MOTHER’S FATHER SERVED AND OF MY FAMILY SERVED. MANY, MANY OF MY FRIENDS SERVED AND SOME GAVE THEIR ALL. SO YOU KEEP GOING AND KNOW THERE ARE THOSE OF US THAT YOU MAKE PROUD. DJH