What About Reveille?

Stealth warplanes and smart bombs aren't the only things in short supply at the Pentagon. With 1,800 World War II--era vets passing away every day--and only 500 U.S. military buglers scattered around the globe--there's a shortage of buglers available to play taps at funerals. The Pentagon's solution: a cone-shaped, electronic taps player that hides inside the bell of a standard bugle. Powered by a pair of 9-volt batteries, the all-weather unit emits a high-quality, dutifully mournful rendition of taps. Listeners say it's a big improvement over the tape and CD versions that some vets have had to endure coming from nonmilitary-issue...

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