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Blunt calls for live buglers when possible

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Governor Matt Blunt has reversed a decision by the Missouri National Guard to only use digital ceremonial bugles at military funerals, in favor of using live buglers whenever possible.

Blunt said in a press release this afternoon (Friday) that he made the decision as a sign of respect for Missouri's military personnel.

Hal Dulle, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, is pleased with the about-face.

I believe the original decision by the National Guard to not have live bugle was a funding decision, Dulle said, and I think the decision by the governor will definitely give endorsement to additional funding in this current legislative year.

Dulle says, though, that the digital ceremonial bugle is a great back-up that maintains the decorum of a military funeral.

It's an actual bugle with an electronic devise inserted deep into the bell of the instrument.

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