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O Lord, you have showed us that death is but the gateway to a more glorious life, and that we must not fear its coming; and we know, also, that neither life nor death can separate us from your love. Assure us yet again that our departed comrades are not lost to us, but sharing new life with you in the kingdom of our Father, where we shall in your good time be reunited. We know them to be with you forever... Amen

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Eternal Father, Strong to Serve

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

More information about the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Serve"

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

The bugle call "Taps" had its origins on a battlefield of the Civil War. After the union suffered a large number of casualties in a battle near Richmond, Virginia, Brigade Commander Colonel Daniel Butterfield reflected with sadness upon the men he hand lost. Unable to compose music, he hummed a melody which his aid wrote down in musical notation. The company bugler played it that night to honor their dead comrades. Taps was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874. Accompanied by the drumbeat, Muffled Ruffles, it is the highest honor given to those who have died in service to our country.

The National Cemeteries of Florida

Florida National Cemetary - Bushnell, FL
Barrancas National Cemetary - Pensacola, FL
Bay Pines National Cemetary St. Petersburg, FL
Sarasota National Cemetary - Sarasota, FL
South Florida National Cemetary Lake Worth, FL
St. Augustine National Cemetary St. Augustine, FL
Jacksonville National Cemetary - Jacksonville, FL

Final Honors - The Old Guard Firing Party

Final Honors - The Old Guard Casket Team

Final Honors - The Old Guard Taps