Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Comey plays Taps each night to honor his service and fallen soldiers.
For nearly two years, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Corney has stepped out of his front door and into his yard in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, at 7:55 p.m. every night, where he stands at attention for the world’s most famous bugle song — Taps.
“I made a promise to God that if he brought me back home safe and sound, I would do something in remembrance of those who had fallen while I was there but also those who have died in past wars and who will die in future wars," Corney, who has served more than 20 years in the Navy, with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq under his belt, told Penn Live.
But not everyone in Glen Rock appreciates the gesture. Some have found the fact that Corney plays the music over loudspeakers to be a disturbance. Originally, it started out as a neighborly dispute, and in an effort to resolve the issue, Corney told Penn Live he spent $2,000 to adjust the speakers.
Now, the Glen Rock Borough Council will have to decide if the song, which is 57-seconds long, constitutes a noise violation. As for now, he will only be allowed to play the song on Sundays and holidays.
A Change.org petition to drum up support for the continuation of the nightly ritual has over 1,000 signatures.
“We are creating this petition to protect the continued play of Taps due to the outpouring of community support,” the petition reads. “It is played as an audio memorial to honor our country, service members, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is also an opportunity to reflect on and be thankful for the sacrifices it took to obtain our freedoms.”
Corney says he has been surprised by how many people have come out to in favor of his desire to continue playing Taps each night.
"It makes me very happy," Corney told YDR. "I thought I would probably get a lot of people complaining about this. It makes you feel good that the majority of people are supporting this."
Task & Purpose reached out to Corney, and will update this story as more information becomes available.
Former Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak has issued a statement urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to oppose pardons for those accused or convicted of war crimes since, he argued, it would "relinquish the United States' moral high ground."
"If President Trump follows through on reports that he will mark Memorial Day by pardoning individuals accused or convicted of war crimes, he will betray these ideals and undermine decades of precedent in American military justice that has contributed to making our country's fighting forces the envy of the world," said Krulak, who served in the Marine Corps for more than three decades before retiring in 1999 as the 31st Commandant.
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President Donald Trump will nominate Barbara Barrett to serve as the next Air Force secretary, the president announced on Tuesday.
"I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force," Trump tweeted. "She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin"
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."