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Local woman to play "Taps" at Arlington National Cemetery

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local woman has the honor of traveling to Arlington National Cemetery and playing 'Taps' on the trumpet in honor of the 150th anniversary of the first time the song was played.

Belinda Manning is a bailiff stationed at the county courthouse in Utica.

She will join up to 200 other "Bugles Across America" members and play Taps during a mass at Arlington National Cemetery's amphitheater on May 19.

Afterward, the players get to disperse and play the song anywhere they choose at Arlington. Manning will play at the graveside of fellow Deputy Kurt Wyman. She calls the upcoming experience a once-in-a-lifetime honor.

"It's just a thrill to be able to go out and do this final tribute to our fallen people," Manning said. "I just feel it's closure for me to be able to go and play next to his site."

Civil War General and Utican, Daniel Butterfield, composed Taps as we know it today. On May 19, it will be played at Arlington National Cemetery by buglers from boy scout age up into their 80s.

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