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.