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About the bill
It is a tradition to have taps played during a military honors funeral for veterans.
However, finding a bugler to provide that honor may be difficult.
House Bill 1478, introduced by Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Crawford County, aims to provide more horn players to provide proper final respects.
“Given the aging population of our World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans in particular, there are several thousand military veteran deaths per year in Pennsylvania,” Rapp wrote in a co-sponsorship letter. “Often there are not enough military buglers available to attend every funeral to play taps.” As a result, many veterans receive an audio recording of this bugle call.”
Rapp’s bill would allow public school students an excused absence to perform the musical number for veterans’ funerals.
“(O)ur state is home to many talented student musicians who would be able to render this service should they be able to obtain permission from school to attend these funerals which often take place during the school day,” she wrote.
According to Rapp, five other states have either legislation or regulations that allow students to miss school for this reason.
“My proposal would clarify that public schools in Pennsylvania are permitted to excuse a student from school for this noble purpose,” she wrote.