World War II veteran fulfills ‘Taps’ promise to dead friend

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTMJ) World War II veteran Tom Sitter made a promise to his friend Eddie Toporsh 14 years ago.

Titter told Toporsh he would visit his grave and play “Taps” after he died.

Toporsh died in 2002.

As the years went on following his death, Sitter said the promise he made kept eating away at him.

“In a way, I felt a little guilty about not doing it but I knew Eddie where ever he is would understand,” said Sitter. “But the more I thought about it, I’ve been out here many times, and I thought damnit I’m going to do it.”

That promise was finally fulfilled on Thursday when Sitter traveled to the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove to visit Toporsh’s grave.

It’d been more than 70 years since Sitter has played the bugle.

Sitter always remained close with Toporsh’s son, who came to the cemetery Thursday to watch Sitter play at his father’s grave.

“He’d be happy, he’d really be happy,” said Eddie Toporsh Jr. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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