PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2018
One Hundred Nights of Taps
May 28 to September 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Soldiers' National Cemetery
Gettysburg National Military Park • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania • 17325
For the second year, the notes of Taps will fill the air in Gettysburg every evening this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Taps For Veterans and Gettysburg National Military Park, invite the public to attend One Hundred Nights of Taps each evening at 7:00 p.m. from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2018, at the Soldiers’ National Monument in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
New to One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2018:
• Buglers are coming from more than 15 states throughout the nation. They are professionals, veterans, teachers, students, reenactors, and others who assist in the Taps ceremony at military funerals.
• An expanded opening ceremony on Memorial Day, May 28, will present an exciting opening-night musical program, beginning at 6:15 p.m. The program will include Wendy Allen, Founder of One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg; Jari Villanueva, Coordinator and Musical Director of One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg; and special guest speaker, Colonel Doug Douds, USMC (Ret.). Under Villanueva’s direction, the Maryland Military Band will be performing The National Anthem; Washington Post by John Philip Sousa; DAR March; God Bless America; and Amazing Grace. Taps will be sounded at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
• We are thrilled to announce that Kanstul Musical Instruments, Inc., of California is donating a specially-built, regulation Bb bugle, featuring a copper bell and commemorative engraving, to be awarded to one of the 100 volunteer buglers on September 3, the last evening of the program. The National Park Service plans to display the bugle in the Visitor Center at the Gettysburg National Cemetery over the course of the One Hundred Nights. Thank you, Kanstul!
THE LINCOLN FELLOWSHIP OF PENNSYLVANIA seeks to commemorate the anniversary of the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery and the Gettysburg Address that Lincoln delivered there on November 19, 1863, and to educate the general public (nationwide and beyond) on the meaning of the Gettysburg Address and its impact on all people.
TAPS FOR VETERANS is an organization led by former military musicians and active and retired military veterans who understand the profound importance of properly sounding Taps, our “National Song of Remembrance,” as a way of expressing the nation’s gratitude for a veteran’s service.
GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations.
Wendy Allen firstname.lastname@example.org (203 770-3421)
Jari Villanueva email@example.com