MEMORIAL DAY 2020: ‘Taps Across America’

(WSB photo: Flags on graves at Forest Lawn)

Though Memorial Day will happen without the traditional ceremonies this year, here’s a way to pay tribute, if you play brass – “Taps Across America.’ We hadn’t heard about this until mentions in email and via Twitter tonight. Steve Hartman of CBS News came up with the idea – inviting people to play “Taps” at 3 pm local time tomorrow, wherever they are. If you can record it, you’re invited to send it to him (see the end of this story) – and we’d be happy to feature you here too ( or 206-293-6302)!

12 Replies to "MEMORIAL DAY 2020: 'Taps Across America'"

  • Dawn May 24, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    I’ll plan to play taps at 3pm where I normally playthanks,dawninsta: wseafiddler 

  • Sylvia Crutchfield May 25, 2020 (2:09 am)

    I can’t personally play taps, however, I will find it on YouTube and go outside and play it on speakers  with flag raised.

    • Anne May 25, 2020 (12:25 pm)

      Love your idea-have TAPS  queued up on my phone-will be playing it at 3pm.

  • Dennis Prah May 25, 2020 (10:59 am)

    I am in the American Legion Honor Guard.  I played TAPS five times this morning.  At 3 pm I shall do it again on my porch!

  • Capt. Lou May 25, 2020 (11:14 am)

    Great idea , kudos to Steve.  Let also not forget what  all those vets, from the Revolutionary war to  present service members either died  too young or lost a piece of their body or mind for! A sovereign Nation based on  God given , inalienable rights. Long live the Republic,  the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  

    • WSB May 25, 2020 (1:44 pm)

      Unfortunately, that’s not publicly visible.

  • Vickie Evans May 25, 2020 (12:30 pm)

    I have sounded TAPS 5 times already this morning at all the cemeteries in the Tri-cities, Pasco,  Kennewick,  Richland and Benton City. It will be an honor to sound TAPS again from my pool deck for all the neighborhood.Thank you to all our fallen HEROES!

  • Michele May 25, 2020 (1:12 pm)

    I played taps at 3 on my clarinet but no one around to record. Sun Prairie WI.

  • Michael Tolon May 25, 2020 (2:56 pm)

    I am playing at 3pm for my Dad and sister.

  • Mike Field May 25, 2020 (3:20 pm)

    I served during the Vietnam War. I cannot play a bugle but I did play a recording very loud while my flag flew in my front yard. Nothing from my neighbors yet I’m sure they heard me. Great idea Steve. Thanks for the idea. Mike

  • Jerry Myrick May 25, 2020 (9:42 pm)

    I played taps at 3pm. Haven’t played for years. Sounded terrible. Luckily live out in the country so no one heard. Very proud to do it. My father flew on blimps in the Navy. My grandson is a Marine in SC. ( I will practice for next year!)

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