Veterans Hotline: Small business workshop offered for veterans

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Ed Wilkinson

There is a free workshop for small business owners who would like to know about getting certified for federal government contracting. This certification would be for the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program (socially and economically disadvantaged small business), Historically and Underutilized Zone (HUBZone) Program, and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.

Veterans who are interested in doing business with the federal government should call Jim Kidd, SBA veterans representative at (303) 844-2607, ext. 253.

Another variation of the origin of “TAPS”

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Capt. Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in West Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of this narrow strip of land.

During the night, Capt. Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.

Not knowing if the cry was from a Union or Confederate soldier, Capt. Ellicombe decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

When the captain reached his own lines, he discovered that it was actually a Confederate soldier and that he was dead.

The captain lit a lantern and suddenly lost his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of his own son.

The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his own father, the youngster had enlisted in the Confederate Army.

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial despite his enemy status.

The request was only partially granted. Capt. Ellicombe had asked if he could have a group of army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But out of respect for the father, they did say they would give him one musician. Capt. Ellicombe chose a bugler.

He asked the bugler to play a series on notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of his son’s uniform.

This wish was granted. Ever since, that haunting bugle melody, called “Taps,” has been used at military funerals, and at the end of each day on every U.S. military base around the world.

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