Never. I tear up by note 3 and in full weep soon there after. Doesn't matter if it is in person or on TV.


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I used to work at CincPacFlt, which was just across the street from the Arizona Memorial. One thing I used to love to do when I was working the swing shift was to go out of our spaces, which were accessed on the 3rd deck lanai and head to the corner of the building facing Pearl Harbor. There was an old gun turret there, and I'd stand and listen to colors at sunset - the sun would be setting across the harbor with the Waianai mountain range in the background. Some nights, the memorial and the water around it would look golden. It always felt like there was a hush over the world for those few moments and I couldn't help but feel a little tug at my heart. These days, nearly 40 years later, I'm happy to say that when I take the dogs for a walk in the morning when I get home from work, I can hear the Star Spangled Banner playing across the Potomac at Dahlgren. And yes, we stand and face the music.


Board Mommy
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Yes, but not in real life. Hollywood uses it as a hamhanded tear jerker tool, which makes me roll my eyes. But when I hear Taps at a real ceremony, I tear up.