Taps Across America is an annual project that calls for musicians across the country to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Trumpet and bugle players are asked to gather at their homes, lawns and porches and play taps at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day).
The date and time of Taps Across America coincides with the National Moment of Remembrance, where Americans are encouraged to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.
The National Moment of Remembrance was first proclaimed in May 2000 and put into law by Congress in December of the same year.
Taps is the somber 24-note melody played at military funerals and at the end of day.
If you can play the bugle or trumpet, at any skill level, you’re invited to join along and play.
Buglers and trumpet players, it’s suggested that you play in the key of B flat. You can find the sheet music here.
If you hear Taps being played in your neighborhood, please stop what you’re doing, and turn and face the music.
This is a chance to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day and honor those whom we have lost.