U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, presented Hampton with a copy of the federal legislation that named “Taps” a song of remembrance during a ceremony at Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post 173 in Bath.
“It was a great feeling, and relief when I first heard naming ‘Taps’ a national song had gone through,” Hampton told the Corning Leader. “We’ve been working for this quite a while."
With the help of Congressman Reed and Jari Villanueva, bugle historian and Arlington National Cemetery bugler, Hampton moved the proposal of making ‘Taps” a National Song of Military Remembrance from an idea to a law.
|Congressman Tom Reed and Les Hampton|
Since then, “Taps” has signaled the end of daily military activities and has been the traditional musical salute at military funerals, memorials and wreath-laying ceremonies.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War was commemorated in 2012.
The legislation making “Taps” a national song was passed in late 2012 and became a law in January 2013.