Daniel Butterfield was a Major General in the Civil War.
He composed a song we all recognize: Taps.
Evoking respect, reverence, and often tears,
it's played as we lay to rest the brave men and women
who served our country, protecting our rights and freedoms.
We're familiar with the tune, but few of us know the words.
As you read the lyrics, take them to heart
in honor of those those who gave all.
"Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh, falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near, do not fear. Friend, good night."