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Steve Pederson was among the buglers playing Taps at Arlington National Cemetery in May, commemorating the song's 150th anniversary. (Submitted photo)

Local buglers play Taps to honor veterans at funerals

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In mid-May, 200 buglers assembled at Arlington National Cemetery to begin playing a song that originated during the Civil War, the 24 notes of Taps.

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the evocative melody.

Steve Pederson, who played trumpet since the fifth grade, was among the members of Buglers Across America at Arlington.

Pederson taught music in Park Rapids from 1979-80. His parents, Oscar and Pat Pederson, reside on Long Lake.

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