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Special ceremony for a special bugle call, the mournful taps

By Caitlin Gibson, Published: May 19

To prepare for the day he’d been waiting for, John Blair donned a white and black service uniform. He polished his silver trumpet, the one he first played back in 1985 as a high school junior. He packed the instrument carefully in its leather bag and drove through a clear May morning to Arlington National Cemetery.

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