A 66-year-old man found a new way to honor those who lose their lives fighting for our country.
Gary Marquardt from Minnesota who is now almost 70, “started playing the trumpet after attending a military funeral, where he heard Taps played on a recording instead of live,” according to Liftable.
Feeling that a simple recording of the military song to commemorate fallen soldiers did not do justice for the funeral, Marquardt decided to help make sure these heroes got the funeral they deserved. Marquardt walks around a local cemetery every day looking for headstones with a flag so he can honor the soldiers.
“I love to hear Taps echo through the cemetery. I’m doing something for these guys. It’s kind of like being among friends,” he said in an interview with KARE 11. The news source that Marquardt visits the cemetery every day to pay homage to military men and women who lost their lives.
It’s never too late to pay your respects to the fallen – and for Gary Marquardt, that meant learning to play the trumpet at 66 years old.
Marquardt says the soldiers name, plays Taps, and leaves a penny on the headstone. The penny is meant to be a “symbol of the pittance of his service compared to theirs.” He also volunteers with Bugles Across America around 100 times a year to play Taps at military funerals.
“I don’t play perfect every time – I really try to, but I’m there representing all of us and it comes from the heart,” he said.
President Trump Shuts Down Minnesota Governor’s Demand for $500 Million in Riot Repair Funds
He wanted the taxpayer to pay for the riots.
President Donald Trump formally declined a request from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to declare Minneapolis a federal disaster zone in the wake of the George Floyd race riots on Saturday, preventing the city’s Democratic governor and mayor from bilking the taxpayer for bailout funds to repair the damage they tacitly allowed through refusal to halt the riots.
Walz’s office confirmed that the White House had refused his request for an emergency declaration on Saturday in a press release, explaining that the governor had hoped the federal government would clean up the mess.
“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” said a spokesperson in a statement. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”
The rioting in Minneapolis may have been among the most destructive ever to occur in the United States, devastating the community, causing what some estimate to be $500 million in damages to property, and damaging more than 500 buildings. Many Americans probably wouldn’t know it, as the corporate media has largely focused on promoting the activities of the rioters, falsely describing them as peaceful protestors, allowing the model of community destruction to be exported to other American communities.
Both Governor Walz and neoliberal Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had waited fecklessly to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to contain the dangerous situation, hoping to appease the raging mob as the rioters torched a Minneapolis police precinct and destroyed countless small businesses in the city’s downtown area.
At the very least, the state’s Democratic officials won’t be rewarded with a hefty federal bailout as a result of their own irresponsibility and political fecklessness in refusing to crack down on criminal rioters. Sadly, it’ll be members of the Minneapolis community who pay for the cowardice of their local officials, and the once-serene upper-class community may never recover, instead morphing into a dilapidated shell of its former self.
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