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#510778 --- 01/11/07 11:11 AM "Echo Taps Worldwide"
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Registered: 08/18/01
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Recieved this in an E mail this AM.

" The first large "Echo Taps" event occurred In May 2005, when 674 brass players from 30 states lined 42-miles of road
between Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY, and Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY.

Playing "Taps" in cascade, it took nearly three hours from the first note played at Woodlawn
to the final note of Taps sounded at the National Cemetery at Bath."



Please help spread the word about the request for volunteer
buglers to participate in Echo Taps Worldwide. Interested volunteers may
register online at www.echotaps.org <file://www.echotaps.org> . Artwork
and graphics promoting this effort are available for use in your
publications and are attached below in Adobe Illustrator files.

Please
let us know if you have any questions or need any more information.
Your help in reaching out to our veterans in this effort is very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Milli Alam
Public Affairs Specialist
National Cemetery Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20420
Phone: 202-273-5049

"Echo Taps Worldwide" planned
For Armed Forces Day 2007

Hundreds of volunteer brass players are being recruited to
perform the 24 notes of "Taps" on May 19, 2007, in recognition of Armed
Forces Day at National Cemeteries, State Veterans Cemeteries and
American Battle Monuments Cemeteries overseas.

The event, called "Echo Taps Worldwide," is being organized by
the VA National Cemetery Administration and Bugles Across America to
honor and remember American veterans through a worldwide performance of
Taps. Organizers also hope the event will interest brass players in
volunteering to perform Taps at the military funerals of veterans
throughout the year. "Each day, America loses about 1,800 of its
veterans, primarily those who fought in World War II and Korea," said
Leslie Hampton, a Navy veteran of Vietnam and a member of Bugles Across
America. "In honor of them and the service they provided, it is
important that our Nation preserves the tradition of a live bugler to
play final military honors."
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During the event, players will form a line through the cemetery
and perform a cascading version of Taps. Brass players of all ages are
encouraged to perform at the cemetery of their choice. Schools and other
organizations are also invited to participate in the tribute as
performers or support volunteers. More information and a sign-up sheet
are available at www.echotaps.org <http://www.echotaps.org> .

The first large "Echo Taps" event occurred In May 2005, when 674
brass players from 30 states lined 42-miles of road between Woodlawn
National Cemetery in Elmira, NY, and Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY.
Playing "Taps" in cascade, it took nearly three hours from the first
note played at Woodlawn to the final note of Taps sounded at the
National Cemetery at Bath. In 2006, players performed "Echo Taps" at 52
National Cemeteries and State Veterans Cemeteries across the Nation on
Veterans Day in preparation for the upcoming effort. The Armed Forces
Day event in 2007 will involve buglers around the world to include
participants at American Battle Monument Cemeteries overseas.

""A live bugler performing Taps is an expression of the
Nation's appreciation for the service of each veteran," said Thomas Day,
a Marine veteran who founded Bugles Across America in 2000. "With more
than 600,000 veterans dying each year, we are always looking for new
volunteers to perform this valuable service. Echo Taps Worldwide will
honor America's 40 million veterans who have served over the course of
our history and draw attention to the need for more buglers to perform
"Taps" as part of final military honors," Day said.

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#510779 --- 01/11/07 11:23 AM Re: "Echo Taps Worldwide"
Strawberry Jam Offline
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Registered: 07/11/04
Posts: 34421
Loc: Herkimer County NY
I just got chills envisioning that 42 mile stretch of buglars playing Taps. Imagine it for a world wide Taps. I am already getting choked up.

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#510780 --- 01/11/07 01:17 PM Re: "Echo Taps Worldwide"
greenelf Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 2956
What a beautiful idea-gave me chills too.

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#510781 --- 01/14/07 12:00 PM Re: "Echo Taps Worldwide"
SkySoldier Offline
Diamond Member

Registered: 08/18/01
Posts: 25300
Loc: Finger Lakes National Forest, ...
ask not for whom the bugle sighs
you might well be quite surprised
when that last trembling note
fades with colors from the sky

the flag they fold so carefully
may well have covered you or me
or touched wreaths that float
above a graveyard 'neath the sea

taps float above petty politics
cut through hearts carved in stones
say good bye to a father, a brother,
a mother that has gone home

ask not for whom the bugle sighs
bow your head
and say good bye
and forget about petty politics
as colors fade from their eyes.








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