‘Taps’ was Conley’s contribution to Legion

By on November 11, 2010

Elburn American Legion Veterans Day Parade and Celebration
11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Parade steps off from the American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St. and marches to Veterans Park on East North Street,
for a Color Guard ceremony near the military tank.
The public is invited to participate.

Photo: Bruce Conley chats with a youngster before the 2007 Elburn Veteran’s Day celebration. This year, Elburn Legion Post 630 will celebrate Veteran’s Day without Conley, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. A trumpet with a device that automatically plays “Taps” will be used. File Photo

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The playing of “Taps” is a longstanding tradition at many military events, including Veterans Day celebrations. In Elburn, longtime village resident Bruce Conley did the honors on his trumpet for many years, just before each annual American Legion parade downtown.

However, since Conley’s recent passing, the event no longer will feature his rendition of the soulful tribute to our nation’s servicemen.

Currently lacking another trumpeter, the local Legion came up with a creative way it could offer the familiar tune for parade-goers on Veterans Day and at other events, said the organization’s president Wiley Overley.

The Legion acquired a trumpet that has a device inside that makes it automatically play “Taps.”

“Since we lost Bruce, we do that,” Overley said.

The version the instrument plays is the same as the one military trumpeters play at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. for U.S. soldiers’ funerals.

Conley played “Taps” not only for the annual Veterans Day celebration in Elburn, but for other local Legion events including veterans’ funerals.

“He was always available for us, always gracious,” Overley said.