Veteran plays taps to honor loved ones


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Michael Bradford

PADUCAH, Ky—Of all the military bugle calls, none of them are so easily recognizable or emotional than taps.  A 24 note song that taps deep into emotions.

U.S. Air Force Veteran Larry DuPree knows this path by heart.

"I recognize what they did for the country, I recognize what important members of the family they were and it's just a small thing I can do for them," said DuPree.

A small thing, accompanied by meaningful sound.

"It's to pay tribute to my dad, I also have three other uncle's buried in this cemetery. All of them are WWII veterans," said DuPree.

Honoring those fallen, but never forgotten.

"I've done about a little over 1,200 veteran's services...You're there for the family, you're paying tribute and honor to that veteran that has fallen. You just want to do the best you can," said DuPree.

The melody resonates with DuPree.

"Taps to me is such an emotional song. The first three notes, somebody is in tears...There's such a few number of notes in taps but it expresses an emotion that, I don't think any symphony has ever done," said DuPree.

A perfect symphony to pay tribute to those who gave their country the ultimate gift.  DuPree has earned his DOD certification or, Department of Defense, to play live taps for any service, military or civilian.