Saturday, May 21, 2005

Echo Taps

Just wanted to draw people's attention to something my father is participating in today:

Echo Taps.

Beginning at 11 AM this morning:

A bugler at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira NY will play Taps. A second bugler will follow by playing a taps echo. This will be followed by a third, forth, fifth… The echo will continue toward a second National Cemetery located at the Bath, NY VA Center, traveling at a rate of 60 miles per hour. The total distance covered will be 41 miles. This will require a minimum of 410 buglers playing Taps between the two national cemeteries.

My father is one of the final buglers in Bath, NY.

Many Veterans pass away without receiving the military honors they are due. With this event, they hope to raise public awareness, to honor the sacrifices of our Nation's many veterans who have answered their country's call, and to "provide a better understanding of the significance of TAPS and the importance of these simple but solemn musical notes to our veterans and their family members."

The first note will be played at 11 AM, culminating in the final echo at 12:30 this afternoon.