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By JDay on 9/27/2011 2:38 AM
To all you patriots
Sgt Angelo Vaccaro is having a remembrance at Deltona Memorial on 2 Oct 2011 at 10:00am.  Everyone who can come please come out just to support the family.   Being there at these helps.
Any other families in the area that are having similar Services please inform me and I'll get the word out.  We have SGT Rogers, SGT Quin's and MSG Brown and they are all from here,  Please let me know if I can help in any way.  We have a 4 Chaplains remembrance with The Killed in Action of today where we remember 9 KIA's in February 2012. Please keep that in mind.
Soldiers never Die unless they are Forgotten.
WE DON'T FORGET                     
John Murphy
US Army Bugler
By JDay on 9/22/2011 2:46 AM
Mr. Day,   I write to you with a request from U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre.   Congressman Mike McIntyre recently introduced the attached bill, which creates a medal to honor veterans that have made outstanding contributions to their communities beyond their time of military service.  Currently, no national medal exists to recognize exemplary veterans who have significantly impacted their communities by giving of themselves after their time of service has ended.   Congressman McIntyre was motivated to craft this legislation after seeking recognition for Mr. Erwin “Bud” Sweetman of Sunset Beach, NC, who enlisted as a field soldier in the U.S. Army at 19 years old, deployed to Europe during World War II, and stormed the beaches of Normandy on August 3, 1944.  On this day, a machine gun wound forced him to receive blood transfusions at a field hospital—transfusions that ended up saving his life.  Since that day, Mr. Sweetman has dedicated his life to a number of civilian causes, but most notably, to the American...
By JDay on 9/15/2011 5:04 PM
As many of you know, several different organizations around the country have a display that shows the rifle with barrel down into the earth or a holder. Along with the rifle are boots and on top, a helmet. The scene depicts a battlefield memorial for a fallen solider and sometimes you see dog tags hanging from the rifle.

Tom Day had the gear and his neighbor, O.B. Mann, had the ability to make the base.  Together they worked and made it so the rifle would stand and the boots attached. 

Added and will be added are the cap emblems of four service branches, BAA coins, a badge from the Tomb of the Unknowns, The Gold Star Mothers and Dad's pin Tom designed (which is now used around the country), the BAA bugle pin, a white folded flag and a miniature folded flag in wooden case. 

This is a photo of the new display which will be used for various funerals and events in the Chicago area that need the extra touch as well as for the many speaking programs Tom is invited to speak and sound Taps for.

By JDay on 9/12/2011 4:25 PM
BAA Bugler, Gerry Schuck, was featured in a Star Exponent article on Sept 12th playing Taps at Wine Street Memorial Park. You can read it and see pictures by clicking Star Exponent above or here is just the text.  At the bottom is a PDF file with information about some special people that lost their lives 10 years ago. “Taps” sounded solemnly from Gerry Schuck’s bugle Sunday morning from Wine Street Memorial Park at 8:46 a.m. sharp.

Dressed in a dark blue blazer — decorated with an American flag, his father’s Pearl Harbor pin, a Bugles Across America patch, and a miniature bugle on his lapel — Schuck paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks by playing the emotional song four times on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day when nearly 3,000 people died on American soil in New York, at the Pentagon in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Schuck first played “Taps” at the park to honor the victims...
By JDay on 9/12/2011 2:35 AM
Note from Tom Day and the original Thank You letter. On Friday morning I got a call from a church in La Grange, Illinois. They had a Scout bugler but he was in the HS band and could not play at Friday Nights memorial for one of the men of the church. Could i come over and sound Taps? And , could i be in a Scout uniform? AHHHHH, I said yes with the hopes the uniform I put together five years ago for the Anaheim Kingsmen might fit.  So when i got home from sounding Taps for Divine Infant in Westchester. I got the explorer uniform out. YEAAAAAA it fit. I looked like an old Madison Scout. I went to the packed church and at the end of the service I stood up and filled the Church with Taps. As usual I packed up and Julie and I were out the door. We left Church with that feeling that we did a great job. The Man they buried brought Scouts back into the Church program. God Bless America, and All of BAA. Tom Day Original Letter to Tom From: CP To: Tom Day Sent: Fri, September 9, 2011 10:58:25 PM...
By JDay on 9/7/2011 1:54 AM
Fantastic article from the Greece Post on September 4th, 2011 about the DCA event BAA buglers in NY participated in.  Check out the link for pictures! Rochester, N.Y. —

As Tom Allen told the audiences at Sahlen Stadium today at the Drum Corps Associates Alumni Spectacular, only 20 percent of military funerals include a live performance of Taps to honor military veterans.

Though it's protocol to have the ceremonial piece played, a recording is more often that not what's used.

"We are the drum corps' future and together we can go forward and do something about that particular issue," Allen said to the crowd.

Then, upon direction, hundreds of drummers and bugle players launched into playing a "Service Themes Medley," comprising the themes of the military branches, an echo performance of Taps, and a resounding arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."


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