Two of my wife’s uncles, both Navy veterans of World War II, have died in the past year. Being a lifelong musician, I noticed that while the person played taps on the bugle, the person’s chest and shoulders did not move while “blowing” into the horn.

I was shocked that this was a put-on, that the U.S. military could not find someone who could play a bugle. When I was younger, the Portland area alone was filled with drum and bugle corps. Remember the Andrews Sabres, to name just one?

The other day, I saw on TV where a Civil War solder’s grave received a new headstone in Scarborough. Again, a fake trumpet or bugle was used to play taps electronically. Our veterans deserve better than this.

Paul Trueworthy