Delegate Larry A. Williams( D- Preston), Delegate Robert A. Beach ( D- Monongalia) and Delegate David G. Perry (D- Fayette) are pleased to announce that on the 13th day of the 2005 Regular Session, the Legislature has successfully passed House Bill 2286 concerning the playing of TAPS at veteran’s funerals.
House Bill 2286 will increase the number of buglers qualified to play taps at military honors funerals of deceased veterans. The measure will encourage the State Board of Education in cooperation with county boards of education and colleges and universities to develop programs for qualified student volunteers to participate as buglers.
“My father was a WWII veteran and I understood the sacrifices he and others like him put forth for our country. I believe that this bill will help our children understand the important place that veterans have in our history as a strong part of our values and our democracy,” stated Delegate Williams.
Legislators hope this bill will correct the problem of arranging a bugler to play the soft sound of TAPS at a military honors funeral. Delegate Robert A. Beach discussed when he recognized the problem.
“I have attended military honors funerals in which a recording of taps was played. It is my belief that every military honors funeral should have the right of a live performance of taps rather than that of a mechanical device.” said Delegate Beach, “ I feel that this bill will increase the amount of trained buglers in our state, and that every veteran can have the privilege of a live taps performance.”
Members were privileged to have Jack Woodrum, a trained bugler player perform TAPS for the House on Friday, February 18th.Delegate David G. Perry also a sponsor of the bill said, “ The performance of Jack Woodrum playing the taps truly amplified the importance of this bill, and I am proud to witness its passage in both the House and the Senate.”