Monday, May 25th, 2020

A Memorial Day Memory & A Call to Action if You Can Play the Trumpet or Bugle

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Adlai Stevenson II

It’s Memorial Day. It is memorable for me in a strange way. In high school, it was the annual Memorial Day parade in my little town. I carried the flag in the marching band. It was very hot that day.

I did fine during the parade, probably a mile to a mile and a half. The band was standing at attention in the cemetery as the speaker said a few words. His few words seemed like an eternity to me. I began to see black closing in around the corner of my eyes. It kept getting darker and I began to sway. Yes, I almost fainted and would have completely blacked out if a band mother hadn’t grabbed me, sat me on a low tombstone and forced my head down toward my legs. That was a close call and the only time in my life I have been near to fainting.

This year, there will be no parades but Steve Hartman of CBS news and retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva want 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.

It is only 24 notes but few can play it perfectly. Here’s a link for more information. I’ll be listening at 3:00p today.

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