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United Veterans of the Flathead Valley use unique bugle technology

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 20:00:06-04

KALISPELL – United Veterans of the Flathead Valley rely on special technology to get them through a busy day of Memorial Day ceremonies.

Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, captain of the Flathead Honor Guard tells MTN an electronic insert is placed into a bugle and plays songs like “To the Colors” and “Taps”.

A navy veteran herself, Fitzpatrick says while the group would love to have a live bugle player, their demanding schedule doesn’t allow for it. The Honor Guard is a part of over 100 services a year for various veteran events.

“We have had people play live bugle for us, but it’s hard to get a live bugler for as many services as we do,” explains Fitzpatrick.

Memorial Day is special to lots of veterans, and MTN asked Jerry Stewart, post commander for 2552 how special this day is for him.

“We’re celebrating all the people that died in all the wars and giving them honor and appreciation,” says Stewart.

United Veterans of the Flathead Valley is always looking for volunteers and people that can play live bugle. If you are interested please contact them at 406-471-0513.