Taps Across America

Tom Hall joined thousands worldwide to play Taps on Memorial Day. The program, Taps Across America, allowed for the playing of the song in lieu of typical Memorial Day ceremonies.

The coronavirus pandemic canceled Memorial Day ceremonies. But Iowa Falls musician Tom Hall made sure it wasn’t forgotten. Standing on the front steps of his Custer Street home, next to a display of boots, a helmet, dog tags and an M16 replica, Hall sounded "Taps". It was a small token for those the solemn day is meant to honor.

Hall covered in just 30 seconds what are perhaps the most recognizable 24 notes in all of American music. The echo was heard across the country as an estimated 2,500 Taps Across America registered trumpeters and buglers sound taps at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.


Though there were no official Memorial Day ceremonies this year, Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls was still filled with flags at the graves of fallen soldiers. 

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