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guest blog by Nila Ridings

The first time I ever heard Taps, I was at Girl Scout camp. We sang it when our eyelids were heavy and our sleeping bags were calling our names. It relaxed me at the same time it created a rush of excitement in anticipation of waking up to a new day of celebrating friendship and learning. After that time, I mostly heard it during televised burials. On that bitter cold day in March when my dad was laid to rest, the final sounds of the service were of the trumpet echoing over the lake as Taps bid him a final farewell. I will always cherish that send off to my hero.

Here we have a Tacoma, Washington neighborhood bidding the daily sun a good-bye with Taps all because of one man, their cherished neighbor, Don Brittain. In his heart, Don is playing those notes to honor those who serve in the United States military. But the notes he echoes across Puget Sound are bringing a sense of peace to all within earshot as well.

From the video interviews and the variety of homes and paint colors I tend to believe this is not a homeowners association. But I wonder, what if? What if someone blew Taps at every sunset in America’s HOAs would it bring peace and mellow out the war zones? Or would the HOA board decide it was a reason to fine, lien, and foreclose on the trumpeter’s home?

Is there anything humanly possible that will bring peace to these nightmare HOAs? Or will that only come when these dilapidated poorly-constructed townhomes are laid to rest in the landfill while the earth is being excavated for re-development? Perhaps thenTaps will be blown for the betterment of all.

I found these videos to be very special, I hope our readers will, too.

(another story on trumpeter by KOMO TV, Seattle)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “Taps

  1. Cynthia

    I am sure this South Carolina Vets HOA neighbors are going to be thrilled to hear Revielle every morning and Taps every evening I trust we will hear more on this HOA situation from South Carolina in the future.
    07.24.15 – Rock Hill South Carolina – Rock Hill veteran ready to fight HOA for flag pole
    Entire article and video: http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/2015/07/24/rock-hill-veteran-ready-to-fight-hoa-for-flag-pole/30646547/
    “ROCK HILL, S.C. – A local veteran says he plans to put a 20-foot tall flag pole and fly two flags in his front yard whether his homeowner’s association likes it or not.

    Gary Pittman is currently waiting for an answer from his Norwood Ridge HOA about the flag pole and says he’ll take his fight to court if they say no.

    “I want to put a flag pole, just like, in the place of a tree in my yard, where I can fly the American flag and the Marine Corps flag,” said Pittman.

    He wants to start each morning raising the flags to Revielle, the traditional military morning bugle wake-up call, and take it down each night to Taps and place it at half-staff when needed, such as national tragedies.”


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