One man is using his musical talent to honor our fallen war heroes. Larry Dupree is a Vietnam Veteran and Tuesday he served as Bugler in his 1,000th service.
"As I flew Medivac missions, I didn't know any of those soldiers' names,” says Bugler Larry Dupree. “I was trying to save their lives and bring them back to aid and it's bothered me a little bit through the years. I didn't know who they were. We just didn't have time to talk or ask where they were from, those kinds of things. And to me, it's a little bit of closure and that's one of the reasons I do say their last names before taps. It's kind of a connection between what I did in Vietnam and what I do now to say thanks for the service. To me, it's equal to any symphony that's ever been written. To me it symbolizes life itself for that veteran.”
“The first three notes, the beginning of life, the middle notes are the ups and downs of life that he's gone through during his career, his military service, whatever the middle of his life is going to be. And then the very last three notes to me, signify the end of life for that veteran."
"We're giving release to the family too and that's the way I look at it, so that doesn't interfere with my process as I watch the family at all, whether they're in tears or not. In fact to me, it's kind of comforting because I'm thinking maybe I'm offering them release that they need."
We do want to thank the family of World War II and US Navy Veteran Lewis "Buck" Wiggins, for permission to attend his burial for this story.