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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Recent Entries
New Maine Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin!
New West Virginia State Director!
New Nevada State Director!
Thank you BAA member, Larry Schillings!
New State Director - Oregon!
Well Done Massachusetts BAA Member Kimberly Shaw!
Well Done BAA Member Ken Hogan!
Nice Job BAA Member Rod Clark!
Bugles Across America
By JDay on 1/29/2012 3:58 AM
This Friday is the 69th anniversary of the loss of four military men of faith and 672 other service members.  On February 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. DORCHESTER was tragically sunk.  Of the 902 young men on board, only 230 survived.  Many of those survivors  owe their lives to the  courage and leadership exhibited by the heroic Four Chaplains, who, in  sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy of brotherhood. Learn about this event at and click on the link under the American flag for the guide to help you or your community, VFW, American Legion, etc. host a service in memory of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives for the men they served with.   Please send any photos and written experiences from your event to Jennifer Day at after your event so that we can include them in our Newsletter.  Thank you! Promote...
By LarryWiseman on 1/22/2012 12:08 PM

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Ware as the new State Director in Georgia. Mr. Ray Tanner will remain on as Assistant Director, and BAA is very indebted to Ray for his leadership for the last two years. For the last two years, Don Ware has been Asst. Director, assigned to the Quick Response Team of buglers at the Georgia National Cemetery. This team of buglers has been working closely with the National Guard, perfoming approximately 3,000 services in the last two years. Don is a former police officer of 8 years, the father of 7 children, ranging in ages from 5 to 23. His son is currently serving in the US Marine Corps, and his oldest daughter is at the University of Mississippi. Don and his wife Kim reside in North Georgia, and they both work for Moneris Solutions, a credit card management company. Don says"Most of all, I believe in Jesus Christ...
By JDay on 1/17/2012 5:20 PM
Dear Tom,
I received your package with the patches and pins enclosed......they are beautiful.  I will wear the BAA uniform with much pride the next time I play taps. 
Thank you for all you do for BAA! 
Carla B.
By JDay on 1/16/2012 1:58 AM
Sir: I am so proud to hear of your organization - Proud? Yes, because I was Honored to be a buglar with 2nd Army Drum & Bugle Corp in 1954-55 stationed at Ft. Meade, MD. Honored to have played at Arlington Nat'l Cemetary many times! Honored as a grandfather who has a grandson member of your organization whom just this day I learned will be attending your May 2012 Mass Bugling conference in Virginia. I wish I could attend, but health will not allow. So, may wife and I will send the best substitute, our grandson, Eriq Thompson, of Albany, OR.
Best Wishes and many thank yous for what you have accomplished for our Veterans!
God Bless You!
Dean W
By JDay on 1/11/2012 1:35 PM
Sirs, as always I appreciate the support provided by the Bugles Across America.  This past weekend (7-8 January 2012) your team was invaluable ISO over 18 Veterans successfully being honored.  I personally witnessed the support from Pat Gallagher and Don Ware, they got the rare opportunity to conduct ECHO TAPS and it was spot on, a great job. Their support of Congressman Jenkins service was nothing less than commendable.

Enough cannot be said about the professionalism, discipline, and performance of your personnel.  Your entire team are Great Patriots and Americans.

Thanks again, we appreciate the invaluable support.

SGM Bryan Hise
Military Honors
GA Army National Guard
By JDay on 1/11/2012 1:26 PM
On this date, Jan11th, 1988, Col. Greg "Pappy" Boyington passed away in California, Fresno Vets Hosp.. Pappy was a good friend for about five years prior to this as we meet at several Air shows because of my connection with Civil Air Patrol and the Second Marine Air Wing at Glenview Naval Air Station. Pappy called me a couple of weeks prior to passing and said he was running out of Runway and wanted me to sound Taps out in Calif. I told him I would be honored. In my mind I know when the time would come he would be buried with full honors at Arlington. A few days later I got a call from the Marines and they said they would fly me out to be at the ceremony and the band would take care of the honors but if I wanted I would be the only one allowed to film the entire program. I did go and I did capture this moment on film. It is now a part of the BAA history. Every time I go to Arlington I play at Pappy's grave. Over thirty years the site got crowed. Just behind Pappy is Boxer Joe Lewis and Actor Lee Marvin....
By JDay on 1/9/2012 11:44 PM
In Palm Beach County, Florida, Corporal Burt Richards has gained attention for various awards and commendations he has received for his hard work and determination to educate on American War Veterans.

On July 7th, 2011, Corporal Burt Richards, Congressman Ted Deutch congratulated Corporal Richards in the House of Representatives in Washington DC.  Ted praised him for being awarded the American Red Cross Community Courage Award for his work in educating the youth about service of Veterans. 

Corporal Richards and the local chapter of the Jewish War Veterans spearheaded the campaign to close Palm Beach County schools in remembrance of Veterans Day. 

On November 1st, 2011 at the Headquarters of Palm Beach County Commissioner, Priscella Taylor, Cpl. Burt Richards was honored for his outstanding service to Palm Beach County, his Veterans Speakers Forum and the School Education Deed to close all Palm Beach schools on Veterans Day.

Three Palm Beach County mayors signed the proclamation and...
By JDay on 1/6/2012 4:51 PM
My father passed away on December 30th  after a 12 yr. battle with lung cancer.  My Dad was an Army Reserve Vet.

I mentioned to the funeral home about Bugles Across America and they were able to get a live bugler to play Taps for the flag folding ceremony.

I wanted to let you know what a great job the bugler did for my Dad.  We are very grateful.
By JDay on 1/5/2012 2:33 AM
Hello BAA,
I believe i saw your web site on Fox News a while back.  I served with 3/1 USMC in Iraq as a Navy corpsman.  I was wounded on July 4th 2004 and decided to learn Taps and train everyday.

Thanks again
Anthony "Doc"Embesi
By JDay on 1/5/2012 2:22 AM
Tom,     Thank you for the mention in your latest newsletter. Next month will be the seventh year's anniversary of BAA's Sunday Taps Vigil in Belleville, MI. Thinking back to seven years ago, the first one was almost the last one. Our local Veterans Memorial is located on the eastern edge of a three mile long lake about twenty five feet above the lakes level. March in Michigan can produce some really violent weather, and March, 2004 was no exception. Mother nature couldn't decide on rain or snow, so she settled for sleet, with it coming in horizontally on gusts of wind in the 25 mile per hour range. It was like being in a peashooter fight, without a peashooter of my own. The entire audience consisted of my VFW Post Quarter Master and the local newspaper editor. Last night the weather here was similar, though not quite as bad, and there were still 22 people who showed up for the event. God bless them all.     I'd love to make the Arlington event in May but I'll have to see just how bad I want to be there in March....

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