Veteran has played taps so often, that's what they call him

Bugler George R. "Taps" Taylor of Newark shows his award from the National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution. / Courtesy of DAR

Delaware bugler and Korean War vet George R. Taylor has received national recognition with the
Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award.

The national award praised him as the only trumpeter playing taps in the Delaware, Maryland,
Pennsylvania and New Jersey area on a regular basis.

"He's just amazing," said Geraldine Dorman, regent of the Cooch's Bridge Chapter, which nominated
him. "Do you know he's played taps more than 10,000 times?"

Widely known for the unpaid, solemn duty, Taylor has earned the nickname "Taps."

He has played taps at funerals of veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the
Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

In a time of a national shortage of buglers to play the classic tribute, Taylor has played it for more
than 60 years and as many as six times in a single day.

Depending on families' wishes, Taylor has played solo and with honor guards of a variety of
veterans' organizations.

A member of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Military Honors Team since the facility near
Summit Bridge opened in 1989, Taylor also is involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the
American Legion and Korean War Veterans.

He also has recorded taps so he can play it in two places at once.

He first played taps as a seventh-grader at his school's 1945 memorial after President Franklin D.
Roosevelt died.

Once asked why he does it, he said, "Love of country ... and all who serve it."

Now 80, Taylor has cut back to spend time with wife, Cathy, and family, who joined him for the
recent award luncheon.

Mary Henderson, chairwoman of the chapter's service award committee, reviewed qualifications for
the award that recognizes volunteer achievement in cultural, education, humanitarian, patriotic,
historical, environmental conservation and citizenship endeavors.

Dorman presented Taylor his award, lapel pin and flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor. She
read a tribute from Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, and excerpts of letters from fans
including Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III.

After a program of patriotic songs led by Benjamin Harding of Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the
program ended appropriately: "Taps" played taps.

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