WATCH: WWII vet fulfills promise to friend to play Taps at his grave

World War II veteran Tom Sitter (NBC News photo)

UNION GROVE, Wisconsin (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.

“Eddie right now is laughing at me for hitting a couple frogs,” said Sitter.

Sitter and Toporsh met when they were in the Army’s 29th Calvary unit during WWII.

Read more: 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. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s