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Bugles Across America
Jun 28

Written by: JDay
6/28/2012 1:17 PM  RssIcon

You are invited to join us for a great music and history program with ICE CREAM.

Our program is called "Requiem for an Era" in honor of Col. Truman Crawford U.S.M.C. Drum and Bugle Corps 8th and I Streets, Washington, D.C. and the 150th Anniversary of the hardest 24 notes called Taps.

The Taps 150 Ice Cream Social will be September 29, 2012 at Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside, IL from 1:00-4:00 P.M.

The program starts with a prayer by Civil War Rev. Jerry Kowalski.

It will be followed by a 45 minute program of Patriotic Civil war songs by the famous Divine Infant Choir from Divine Infant Jesus Church in Westchester, IL.

This will be followed by a short presentation by the Chimes Ensemble, also from Divine Infant Jesus Church.

Then there will be about two hours of spirited music by the Marci Nigh Brigade Band from Island Lake, songs like Battle Hymn, Dixie, Johnny Comes Marching Home, Battle Cry of Freedom, and others from the Civil War Era.

At the close of the show will be a short history of the origin of Taps and its first player, Mr. Oliver Wilcox Norton, who after the Civil War finished his life in Chicago and was cremated at Oak Wood Cemetery at 67th Street and Cottage Grove in Chicago.  Mr. Norton was the founder of the American Can Company in Chicago and Baltimore, and served as a hero of the Civil War as Brigade Bugler for General Dan Butterfield.  Civil War ReEnactors are welcome to set up a table to pass out info about their programs.

Then on September 30, we will have two buses at Helping Hand Center at 10:00 A.M. for a trip to Oak Wood Cemetery.  Many important Chicago people are buried there, like Jessie Owen, famous Olympic Track Star, Mayor Washington, and many more.  Part of this cemetery is a National Memorial Site as it is the location of a big memorial for over 4,000 Confederate Soldiers who died at Camp Douglas, down the street, during the Civil War.  Here a wreath will be place in honor of Bugler Norton and Live Taps played for Norton, who died about October 1, 1920.  

So come on out and fill your sweet tooth and your soul with history and great music of your country.

The program is free for Helping Hand clients and their families and other guests. It is a chance to see one of the finest care centers for those with disabilities. The bus ride on September 30th is optional, and will be for the first 78 people who sign up.  The program is sponsored in part by Helping Hand Center and by Bugles Across America nfp. and Taps150.org   Civil War re-enactors are welcome to help tell people about the Civil War.

Thank you,
Tom Day

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