Lt. Cmdr. Richard Stoud (retired) plas Taps at the Coast Guard Memorial. Photo courtesy of retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Stoud.

Volunteer buglers honor veterans through “Taps”

In 2000, a Marine, Tom Day, decided digital Taps was unacceptable. To address this, Tom Day created a volunteer organization called Bugles Across America. The member of this group, over 7,000 strong, sound Taps at funerals, memorial ceremonies, grave markings and veterans ceremonies across the country. In 2012, a retired Washington, D.C., Air Force trumpeter, Jari Villanueva, founded a group called Taps for Veterans to provide a similar corps of volunteers to sound live Taps during honors.