Beginning on Memorial Day, every evening until Veteran’s Day “Taps” will be played at the flagpole by a lone bugler. You can read more about this by clicking here.

It is envisioned that this could become a regular, even permanent occurrence, sort of like the playing of the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission site in Ypres, Belgium. You can read about the Last Post ceremony by clicking here.

Buglers from the organization Taps for Veterans will be playing at Pershing Park. There is another organization that provides buglers for veteran funerals. In the past I was a member of Bugles Across America . Read about this by clicking here.

About twenty years ago the military stopped providing live buglers for veteran’s funerals. Today they provide two uniformed servicemen (to fold the flag) and an electronic bugle which plays Taps. You can read about this by clicking here.

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and has memberships in the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Indian Military Historical Society and the Salonika Campaign Society.