Bugler, 92, Still Answers Call For Taps This fall, World War II veteran Albert Madden of Hyannis, Mass., became one of the oldest buglers to play taps at Arlington National Cemetery. Madden has played taps at numerous military burials, but says it's always a "very, very emotional call."
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LYNN NEARY, Host:

Reporter Bradley Campbell brings us his story

(SOUNDBITE OF A TRUMPET)

ALBERT MADDEN: "Taps" is a very, very emotional call. When you play it at a funeral, you see the people break down and cry. You got to - all you can do to hold back your own. 'Cause, after all, you're big, you're strong, you're in the Army. You know, you're a powerful person. You're a powerful person and you're saying goodbye. You're saying goodbye to a hero.

VA H: Buddy, if I go, will you play "Taps" for me? I said yes.

I: ding, ding, ding. They fired the 21-gun salute. I played "Taps."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "TAPS")

MADDEN: The most difficult "Taps" I've ever played in my life.

NEARY: Albert Madden will play "Taps" today at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod. It will mark the 84th time he'll play the bugle call for a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

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