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Associated Press, Published October 10 2009

VFW goes forward with taps decision

The captain of the West Fargo VFW honor guard says the decision to use a recording of taps rather than a live rendition at veterans' funerals is final.

Eugene Cross said the honor guard will take on the task and replace Alex Davis, a blind woman who's been playing taps for several years. He said he made the decision after speaking with other members of the honor guard and the club commander.

Cross said he told Davis her contributions have been appreciated but that the VFW is heading in a different direction and will use a trumpet outfitted with electronics to play taps.

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