‘Taps’ was Conley’s contribution to Legion
Elburn American Legion Veterans Day Parade and Celebration
11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Parade steps off from the American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St. and marches to Veterans Park on East North Street,
for a Color Guard ceremony near the military tank.
The public is invited to participate.
Photo: Bruce Conley chats with a youngster before the 2007 Elburn Veteranâ€™s Day celebration. This year, Elburn Legion Post 630 will celebrate Veteranâ€™s Day without Conley, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. A trumpet with a device that automatically plays â€œTapsâ€ will be used. File Photo
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”The playing of â€œTapsâ€ is a longstanding tradition at many military events, including Veterans Day celebrations. In Elburn, longtime village resident Bruce Conley did the honors on his trumpet for many years, just before each annual American Legion parade downtown.
However, since Conley’s recent passing, the event no longer will feature his rendition of the soulful tribute to our nation’s servicemen.
Currently lacking another trumpeter, the local Legion came up with a creative way it could offer the familiar tune for parade-goers on Veterans Day and at other events, said the organization’s president Wiley Overley.
The Legion acquired a trumpet that has a device inside that makes it automatically play â€œTaps.â€
â€œSince we lost Bruce, we do that,â€ Overley said.
The version the instrument plays is the same as the one military trumpeters play at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. for U.S. soldiersâ€™ funerals.
Conley played â€œTapsâ€ not only for the annual Veterans Day celebration in Elburn, but for other local Legion events including veterans’ funerals.
â€œHe was always available for us, always gracious,â€ Overley said.