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Forum staff reports, Published October 09 2009

West Fargo bugler gets public support, but no reversal

Alex Davis, the blind West Fargo woman who has been replaced by digital recordings as an honor guard bugler, said Thursday that she’s received an outpouring of support.

Davis, 23, was the honor guard bugler for the West Fargo VFW for almost two years, but recently learned that her services no longer were needed because the post had bought a digital recording system.

“I’ve had a lot of people supporting me,” Davis said, referring to the public response after news reports of her dilemma.

However, there has been no word of reconsideration by West Fargo VFW Post 7564, she said. Efforts Thursday to reach Russell Berg, post commander, were unsuccessful.

Davis, a New Hampshire native, said she plays the bugle for the honor guard as a way of serving. Her father, who is in the New Hampshire National Guard, will deploy to the Middle East soon.

Davis, who is paid an honorarium of $20, said she is not motivated by money. She is a member of the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.

Davis is a member of Bugles Across America, a corps of volunteer buglers, with 7,800 members in 50 states. The group has enlisted two more members in North Dakota as a result of the publicity about her situation.

“Why are they using a fake bugle when there’s a corps ready to go?” Davis asked.