Monday, September 24, 2012


By John Claypool

Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in Saint Peter's Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul's, intoned, after the benediction, the sound of "Taps," the universal signal that says the day is over.

But then came the most dramatic turn: as Churchill instructed, as soon as "Taps" was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of "Reveille" - "It's time to get up. It's time to get up in the morning."

That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be "Taps;" it will be "Reveille." The worst things are never the last things.


Leadership, Winter 1991, p. 49.

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