Nightly Ritual


I live in a very small community. The cemetery is across the road and down just a small distance.  There had been a local veteran that comes to the cemetery every evening just as the sunsets and plays taps. He had been doing it at least 20 years. Not many people heard it. We guessed maybe 12 homes were able to hear it on a good evening. I heard it every night.

His funeral was yesterday. I was so sad that we would no longer hear those beautiful tones at night.

Last evening a young man showed up at sundown and played taps. I went over to thank him. He said that he would get better and he was taking the place for his great grandfather. I was touched and pleased. He is seven years old.

Traditions matter.


What do you think?


Written by Ghostwriter

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