(KMOV.com) – Budget cuts are bringing a military funeral tribute to an end in Jefferson Barracks.
The buglars who play Taps for funerals are paid only $25, but the Missouri National Guard announced this week the live Taps would no longer be paid for.
Instead, Taps will be played from an audio recording on a small speaker.
A spokesman for the buglers in the St. Louis area said it is disrespectful.
"When you get a live buglar there spirit and soul, just like the spirit the veterans gave and now you're going to give them a fake buglar? Its unbelievable."
The Honors Buglar Program had been in place for 13 years.