November 13, 2013

Regarding the Nov. 11 Metro article “In ‘broken note,’ capturing a nation’s grief”:

After standing in line through the night to view President John F. Kennedy’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda, my family and I returned home to watch his funeral on television. I have always remembered Sgt. Keith Clark’s rendition of taps, and I am sorry he considered the “broken note” a mistake. Americans’ hearts were breaking with grief, and that note perfectly captured how we felt. I have heard that bugle call hundreds of times, but Sgt. Clark’s is the one I remember, because it was the most meaningful.

Jo Ann York, Germantown

Reading The Post’s article about the Kennedy funeral’s bugler brought back the emotions of that heart-rending day. Watching the funeral and hearing the “missed note,” I thought, “Even the bugler’s heart is breaking.” I had tears in my eyes then, and I found tears in my eyes again, 50 years later, sitting in a Starbucks among people innocently ordering their lattes.

Arthur Goldberg, Rockville

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