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Bugler’s error suited tone of slain president’s funeral

A missed note in taps created iconic memory

WASHINGTON — From the hillside gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, Army Sergeant Keith Clark could see President John F. Kennedy’s vast funeral cortege crossing Memorial Bridge toward him.

He could see the flag-wrapped coffin, the six white horses pulling the caisson, the endless line of black automobiles bearing the world’s dignitaries. He could hear the cadence of the muffled drums.

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