Photographer's Note

All veterans of the US military are entitled to a flag-draped coffin and Taps, the traditional military funeral salute, at their funerals.

But for many years, the military has been short on buglers. One consequence has been the use of "electronic bugles" that play a recording of Taps. A uniformed soldier arrives, holds an electronic horn to his or her lips, and pushes a button. A device in the horn plays the song.

The rendition is note-perfect, but the practice leaves many feeling dissatisfied. An organization called "Bugles across America" has tried to fill the gap. We should have called them in 2007 for this funeral of my Air Force veteran uncle. The poor schmuck Airman pictured here is not to blame; he was just doing his job -- solemnly pretending to play a musical instrument.

This foto was shot with my beloved old Panasonic Lumix and shows the main shortcoming that eventually convinced me to move on to a modern camera: in low light, the images were extremely noisy. I hope the noisy pixels are compatible with this picture of a drizzly cemetery on a cold autumn day.

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