91-year-old bugle player honored at Kentucky museum
By Justin Jones
WICKLIFFE, Ky -
The sound of a lone bugler stirs a lot of emotion, especially when taps are played by 91-year-old Earl Gidcumb. He was honored Friday by the Kentucky Patriot Museum in Wickliffe.
The museum is for all ages, all kinds of wars, people who served our country." museum curator Sandy Hart said.
"Earl is a big part of...what goes on here," Hart said.
Hart said Gidcumb will be 91 in July. She said he still plays taps on his bugle, he still plays golf and he still drives himself everywhere. "He's one of the most amazing people who went on the WW II D.C. trip. He didn't take his horn to play taps, so he went out a year later to play taps in front of the Gold Star wall, and that's what this is about."
The museum had a mural painted in Gidcumb's honor.
"Sandy came to me, and she wanted me to do this mural in honor of this man, Earl," artist Gene Hosey said. "He got to play taps when they took the group to Washington D.C. to that memorial. And he is standing by the Golden Star wall."
"To receive this it's just a great honor," Gidicumb said.
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