A Civilian Taps Volunteer Organization

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Objective:
To promote Taps bugler volunteerism among the civilian brass playing community, and to encourage music organizations to proactively connect with their communities to pay tribute to America's Military Heroes.

 

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Encouraging Civilian Taps Bugler Volunteerism

In 2000, the US Department of Defense ruled that EVERY American who has ever served in the military has the right to receive a full miltary honors funeral. That includes a minimum two person Honor Guard and the playing of Taps.

If a live bugler is not available, Taps may be played on a recorded device. It is estimated that well over a hundred thousand US military veterans are put to rest each year to the sound of the recording of Taps.

Every day is Memorial Day for 1500 - 1800 families around the country.

According to the Pentagon, only 19% of military honors funerals will have a fellow America playing Taps - click to read article

Here's the OperationTaps approach:

Make yourself available by volunteering with the nationwide database Bugles Across America.

You may be contacted to volunteer for services within a designated radius from your home. You are not required to fulfill any request.

Contact at least 3 veterans organizations in your area and let them know that you may be available to play Taps. Examples include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or any Veterans Outreach center.

If you aren't sure about how the process works, please visit: TapsBugler http://www.tapsbugler.com/index.html

Learn about a veteran. ANY veteran. Learn their story. Ask them what they've learned about Honor, Valor, Sacrifice, Teamwork, and Courage. A lot of us older guys may have taken for granted the lessons our fathers taught us. The next generation may never have access to those teachings. There are many examples at: The Veterans History Project.


Finally... I think about my father. He was raised during the Great Depression (the real Great Depression) and signed up at the age of 16 to go fight Hitler (the real Hitler). My father wasn't special, millions of Americans of that generation did the same thing.

The thought of someone else's father or grandfather (or ANY family member) being put to rest to the sound of a recording while my horn sits in the closet would be very disappointing to my father.

That is what motivates me to do anything I can, not just for my father's generation, but the generations that will follow us.

Tom Allen
tomallentraining@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINK TO SINFONIAN SESSION PRESENTATION RESOURCES

Operation Taps
Receives 2012 National Citation from
the prestigious
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

Click here to read article

More about the citation...

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Bugles Across America

 

OperationTaps Flyer

Make as many copies as you want, add your unit's information, and distribute to funeral homes and veterans organizations around your community.


OperationTaps participants and support units have performed at hundreds of military honors funerals at which the only other option was to use a recorded version of Taps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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