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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Bugles Across America
By JDay on 8/26/2011 11:25 PM
Another Thank You letter praising yet another BAA bugler.  Thank you Wendell Montney for a job very well done!

Tom, the bugler you and/or Hartmut Hauser got for Shep's funeral was so crystal clear it truthfully sent shivers down my spine. The TAPS was superb, every note so clear they seemed to hang in the air. Thank you from this old paratrooper for the send off of one of my battle brothers.
Jim Baskin
By LarryWiseman on 8/26/2011 8:44 AM
Republished with permission from the Author and the Youngstown Ohio Vindicator Bugles Across America Provides Taps for Grieving Families By William K. Alcorn


The strains of “Taps” from Reagan E. Moon’s bugle floated across Poland Riverside Cemetery as he paid tribute to the grandfather he never knew, William “Bill” Willis Barris, a World War I “doughboy.”

Ironically, Barris was his company bugler.

He had seen a picture of Barris at his mother’s home near Houston, Texas, standing astride a trench in France holding his bugle. But it didn’t make much of an impact on the retired career Air Force veteran until he became a member of Bugles Across America, a volunteer organization dedicated to ensuring that a live person plays “Taps” at every military funeral.

Bugles Across...
By JDay on 8/24/2011 12:54 AM
Bob O'Neal, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.), shared with us a great article that had been published in the Fort Lewis "Ranger" Newspaper.  If it's too small to read, i've added it as an attachment as well.

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By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:31 PM
Thanks to all of you who took the time to play Taps this last Friday evening to honor those in this tragedy.  I had a terrific response to the email and estimate that close to 100 of you participated in this.  A special thank you to our own Tommy South & Russell Wilson who played "Echo Taps" at the Virginia War Memorial here in Richmond.  See the website link below of the local CBS affiliate coverage for this event.
Yours in Service,

John Blair
Virginia State Director
Bugles Across America
By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:28 PM
A call to all Bugles Across America Buglers.

September 11th, 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the attacks upon the United States by terrorist forces that destroyed the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the crash of an airliner into the now sacred ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Last year was the first commemoration of those attacks upon the people of the United States by many of the volunteer buglers of Bugles Across America.

This commemoration was not an official function of Bugles Across America, but it could not have occurred with the participation of the membership and without Tom Day’s help in passing the word.

This year with more time to organize, it seems that the response is not what I had hoped for.  I appeal to the membership to read the letter below and consider participating in the “September 11th Memorial Taps event.”

September 11, 2001 Memorial Taps

To all members of Bugles Across America,

By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:13 PM
I just wanted to say that I used your organization to find a bugler for the memorial service honoring a relative who was a Pearl Harbor survivor, WWII vet, and 25-year Navy veteran.
The gentleman who responded to my request was David Shuma from VA. David was communicative in advance of the service, arrived early, played TAPS and then honored the family by joining us for a while at the post-service reception. One of my relatives commented that he "felt like family."  
David's representation of your organization is noteworthy and we sincerely appreciate his willingness to help us honor a special person who gave so much to his country.
My compliments to Buglers Across America for providing this generous service.
Sandy Wadsworth
By JDay on 8/17/2011 1:33 AM
Our local newspaper here in Rushford, MN, did a little article on me and BAA.  Thought I would share it.  The writer is a young intern but didn’t do too bad, I guess.  Just a few issues. Derek Berg ******************* For some people playing an instrument in front of an audience is unthinkable, but for Derek Berg it is a regular occurrence, and he is honored to do so.

Berg has been playing the trumpet for the Rushford American Legion since 1977 and has played at over 100 events. "I didn't serve in the Military so I try and serve those who did."

Berg has found an old bugle used by a relative in 1917 and is hoping to restore it. Ideally he would love to use it for taps but it is just a matter of fixing it up.

Berg adds, "I was at a military honors funeral in Winona and they had a tape recorder that played taps. The honor and dignity was not there" seeing and hearing this Berg joined the Buglers Across America (BAA) so he could provide the genuine article. He has now been participating in BAA events for two years.

By JDay on 8/17/2011 1:14 AM
BAA Bugler, Rich Yndestad, was honored recently in an article in The Naperville Sun, a local newspaper,  about Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Rich Yndestad of Naperville drives an hour from his home down to Elwood every week to help honor soldiers who have given so much for our country. He considers it a small price to pay for all that members of the Armed Forces do for Americans.

Yndestad travels to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. It is a peaceful place — 982 acres of field and forest that contains about 26,600 graves of American military veterans and their loved ones.

For veterans like Yndestad, it is hallowed ground.

A fitting salute

On a recent Friday morning, the only sound throughout most of the cemetery was that of birds chirping in the trees.

Until three rounds of gunshots rang out, as seven M1 rifles delivered a final tribute to the nation’s warriors.

By JDay on 8/16/2011 4:00 PM
Last Memorial Day I attended the annual Memorial Day service in our town which is held at our local cemetery under a pavilion.  A year ago a friend of mine, fellow bugler, member of BAA and our local VVA chapter in which serve as buglers in the Honor Guard, sounded Echo Taps for that service. This year we waited for their call but there was none.  I attended and had my bugle in the car just in case.  I wasn’t asked and was curious to see what was going to happen.  At the appointed time, someone pushed a button and Taps came out of a boom box.  I was amazed, disappointed, and ashamed.  And by the way, after the service, two people came up to me and asked me if I played that.  In disbelief I assured them that it was electric.  Anyway, my point is that Kevin Hussey and I must be on the same wave length because I left that service, drove home, put my uniform on, returned to the cemetery and proceeded to sound Taps 5 times in different locations throughout that cemetery.  It was what I could do to remedy the indignity...
By JDay on 8/16/2011 2:24 PM
From the article . . . Clayton P. Graybill, Joseph Guizio Jr., Bernard V. Fite . . .  Their names are forever etched into the base of the Angel of the Resurrection at 30th Street Station, a memorial honoring more than 1,300 employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad who died in World War II.

WWII veterans - the country's "Greatest Generation" - were honored Sunday at a ceremony in front of the towering sculpture by Walker K. Hancock, also a veteran.

The observance was one of hundreds across the country, with Philadelphia hosting the official opening ceremony. A two-day tribute was held over the weekend on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden.

Last year, Congress declared the second Sunday of every August the National Spirit of '45 Day. This year it coincided with Aug. 14, 1945, when President Harry S. Truman announced the end of the war.

Warren Logan...

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