Taps Across America on Memorial Day

Jari Villanueva

On Monday at 3 pm, listen for Taps Across America, an opportunity to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. CBS News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman and retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva teamed up to keep the spirit of Memorial Day alive during these unusual times.

They are inviting veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 pm local time this Monday, May 25.

If you’d like to participate, either by playing or listening, here’s how:

Who can participate?
Anyone who can sound Taps on a trumpet, bugle, or similar instrument.

When should I sound Taps?
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) at 3 p.m. in your time zone.

How do I sound Taps?
Villanueva recommends playing in the key of B flat, if possible.

Where should I play?
Your front yard, porch, balcony, driveway, etc. – anywhere you can be socially distant from neighbors and passerby. Feel free to alert your neighbors so they can come to listen from a safe distance.

What should I do if I hear Taps?
If you hear Taps being sounded, you should respond as you do for the national anthem: Stand, face the music and place your hand over your heart.

For more information, click here.

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