One Hundred Nights of Taps
Beginning on Memorial Day (Monday May 30, 2022) and running through Labor Day, the notes of “Taps” will once more fill the air every evening as the famous 24-note call is sounded in Gettysburg National Cemetery. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg National Military Park will co-sponsor the sixth year of One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg in partnership with Taps for Veterans and Gettysburg’s Licensed Battlefield Guides. The program will run nightly at 7 PM at the Soldiers’ National Monument in Gettysburg National Cemetery.
This moving program will feature two new educational components in 2022. Beginning at 5:30 PM each evening representatives from Gettysburg’s Licensed Battlefield Guides will offer a free interpretive program exploring the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg and the creation of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, concluding at the Soldiers’ National Monument. During the formal Taps program beginning at 7 PM representatives from the Lincoln Fellowship, guest National Park Service Rangers, and Licensed Battlefield Guides will offer brief historical vignettes. Called Enduring Pathways, these will focus on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, the history of Taps, and the Soldiers’ National Monument, with topics changing nightly.
The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania is honored to announce that Sgt. Amos Humiston, 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, will be the representative United States soldier on the commemorative coin for the 2022 One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg. The coins are presented to volunteer participants who offer their time and talents for this moving tribute. The buglers include active-duty military musicians, military veterans, Civil War living historians and musicians, community band members, high school and college students, and music teachers.
The opening ceremony will feature remarks by Dr. Craig L. Symonds, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael C. Athanasakis, and Superintendent Steven D. Sims, Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy where he taught for thirty years and served as Department Chair. From 2017 to 2020 he was the Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of seventeen books, and winner of the Lincoln Prize, the Roosevelt Prize, the Morison Prize, the Barondess Prize and the Dudley Knox Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His most recent book is Nimitz at War, which will be published in 2022.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael C. Athanasakis is an instructor for the Gettysburg Area High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael C. Athanasakis is a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) from Jacksonville State University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Aviation on 15 Dec 2000. LTC Athanasakis is a prior service United States Marine, serving 3 years in the USMCR.
YouTube: One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2021
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.
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