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Gov. Blunt restores live buglers to military funerals

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

9/21/07 – 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 announced in a press release this afternoon that he made the decision as a sign of respect for Missouri's military personnel.

Last week, the National Guard announced they would exclusively use a digital ceremonial bugle to play "Taps" at military funerals, due to a shortage of live buglers and the cost involved.

Hal Dulle, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, says they're pleased that the governor has reversed the Guard's decision.

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

The digital bugle will still be used if a live bugler is not available. It's an actual bugle with an electronic devise inserted deep inside the bell of the instrument.

"There's nothing that can replace a live bugler, I don't think. I think the ceremonial bugle is a great back-up effort. It really does maintain the decorum of the ceremony, but it's not the same as a live bugler," Dulle said.

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