Keesler plays ‘Taps’ nightly at 9

Keesler has begun playing “Taps” base-wide each night at 9.

“Taps” in its present form was first played during the Civil War era to signify “lights out” at the end of the day. Early during the Civil War, began the custom of playing “Taps” during military funeral proceedings. Today, it is played to conclude military funerals with honors at Arlington Cemetery, as well as hundreds of other military funerals around the United States. Additionally, “Taps” is sounded during Military Wreath ceremonies and nightly at non-deployed military installations across the globe to signify “lights out.”

Some off-base neighbors may be able to hear the music, and base leaders apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions please contact the 81st Training Wing Public Affairs Office, at (228) 377-2783 or e-mail at