'Taps' To Echo Across Country Saturday



Payson Military Honor Guard member retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Larry Moore will perform Taps as part of the guard's participation in EchoTaps.

Brass players from around the world will conduct an EchoTaps event Saturday (Armed Forces Day) at all National Cemeteries, State Veterans Cemeteries and cemeteries of the American Battle Monuments Commission overseas.

The Payson Military Honor Guard will be among the groups participating. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the guard and others will gather at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park to play "Taps" as part of the worldwide event.

Every participating group will have Taps played at 11 a.m., said Art Stone, Commander of Post 69 American Legion and officer in charge of the Payson Military Honor Guard, "So, ‘Taps' will be played continuously."

Individuals, schools, and organizations are invited to be part of this unique tribute as performers or support volunteers.

The mission of the EchoTaps program is to:

  • Honor and remember American military veterans through a worldwide musical performance of "Taps."
  • Foster a new generation of buglers who will help preserve the tradition of a live bugler to play Final Military Honor.
  • To raise awareness of National Cemeteries in the United States, the cemeteries of the American Battle Monuments Commission and Veterans benefits.

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