Memorial Day celebrations across the U.S. will look a bit different this year, with most picnics, parades, and services canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
That’s why CBS News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman is teaming up with retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva to keep the spirit of the holiday alive.
Hartman and Villanueva are asking veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 p.m. local time this Monday, May 25th.
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Who can participate? Anyone who can sound Taps on a trumpet, bugle, or similar instrument.
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 listen from a safe distance.
When should I sound Taps? Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) at 3 p.m. in your time zone.
How do I sound Taps? See Taps music below or download Taps sheet music. Villanueva recommends playing in the key of B flat, if possible.
Should I record myself sounding Taps? Yes – we plan to show some of your videos on the CBS Evening News on Tuesday.
What should I use to record a video of myself? Any phone with a video camera works – you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just place your phone somewhere stable, or have someone with steady hands hold it in one place. Hold the phone horizontally, not vertically, so your video is wider than it is tall. Record the whole performance. If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too!
How do I share my video with CBS? Tag CBS in your video on social media with the hashtag #CBSTaps, or upload your Taps video to CBS. Please include your full name and location in the file name, if possible.
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.
Taps is instantly recognizable as the somber 24-note bugle call played at American military funerals and ceremonies. Hartman and Villanueva hope that the nationwide event will offer an opportunity to pause for a moment to pay tribute to fallen service members and victims of the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
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