Man who played taps at thousands of military funerals honored

Man who played taps at thousands of military funerals honored

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DELTONA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Local community members gave a hero's goodbye for Army Sgt. John Murphy, a man who served his country and dedicated his life to giving fallen soldiers a final farewell.
 
"He played at Arlington, and he's probably done close to 3,000 taps performance himself," said Lt. Col. James Raymond.
 
Before the 59-year-old Army veteran of Deltona lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, he played live taps at thousands of military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery as a state director of Bugles Across America.
 
"He was just a wonderful player, he was one of the finest trumpet players you'll ever want to meet and the sound of his playing of taps was just phenomenal," said Wilbur Smith of VFW Post 2093.
 
That's why trumpet players from the VFW Post 2093 Concert Band and Bugles Across America joined together below the American flag to honor army Sgt. Murphy Tuesday evening, in the same way that he spent his lifetime honoring the fallen that came before him
 
"He's created so many other buglers, which is actually a creation of this to get live buglers out there involved with honoring, veterans and military personnel," Raymond said.
 
" I'm sad that he's gone, I'm glad to see so many people come out and help support what we're doing for him," Smith said.
 
Sgt. Murphy's funeral will be held Wednesday at Florida National Cemetery.

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