March 24, 2023

Taps Memorial Tribute – 2020

In honor of Memorial Day, and those who have given all to serve our country, The United States Air Force Band posted a musical tribute video to their Facebook page.

The video features lone bugler Technical Sgt. Jason Covey standing in the center of the Culpeper National Cemetery playing Taps.

This rendition certainly tugs at the heart strings.

“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, let us reflect on the tremendous price that was paid by the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Through the sounding of Taps, members of The United States Air Force Band solemnly render honor to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A long-held musical tradition at military funerals, the music of Taps originated from a Civil War bugle call entitled, “Extinguish Lights”. A plaintive call, the sounding of Taps signals the end of the fallen serviceman’s duty and is the final tribute from a grateful nation.

To those who have given the last full measure of devotion, we honor your service, pay tribute to your lives, and thank you for your selfless sacrifice.” – The United States Air Force Band

Today, Memorial Day 2020, musicians of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to submit a video of themselves playing Taps wherever they are at [this could be in a backyard, from a balcony, at the park, etc]. CBS intends to share some of these videos on Tuesday’s Evening News [5/25/2020]. Tag your video #CBSTaps or upload them to this folder.

Get the sheet music for Taps here:

#honorthefallen #honerthem

Photo credits:

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| Alisha Peru |

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