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Retired Secret Service agent speaks to Forrest-Lamar Republican Women

Retired U.S. Secret Service special agent Howell Purvis plays Taps during the dedication of a Vietnam War veterans monument in Covington County May 18. Retired U.S. Secret Service special agent Howell Purvis plays Taps during the dedication of a Vietnam War veterans monument in Covington County May 18.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service and member of a national patriotic musical organization spoke at a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.

Howell Purvis served 5 presidents as a special agent for the Secret Service from 1968-1988. He also plays the trumpet for Bugles Across America.

That group plays live Taps for military funerals. Purvis has played at more than 270 funerals and patriotic events.    

"It's just the ultimate that you can have in a reward, because it makes you feel so good when you play the Taps for those people who've lost a loved one," said Purvis. "And Taps is such a moving and touching melody, that it really touches the hearts of all of those that are there," he said.

Purvis also performed a few pop songs on his trumpet for the dozens of people who attended the meeting.

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