FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One Hundred Nights of Taps Gettysburg 2017
Gettysburg, PA – 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 Gettysburg National Military Park and Taps For Veterans** invite the public to attend One Hundred Nights of Taps at 7 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the Soldiers’ National Monument in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Wendy Allen, Vice President of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, conceived the idea for an evening tribute to our military men and women after witnessing the nightly sounding of Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. In 1928, a year after the inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial, a number of prominent citizens in Ypres decided that some way should be found to express the gratitude of the Belgian nation towards those who had died for its freedom and independence. The idea of the daily sounding of the Last Post - the traditional salute to the fallen warrior - was used by British forces in North America in colonial times, but was replaced by the different "Taps" by the United States Army, first used in 1862 and officially recognized in 1874.
Allen, a Lincoln artist and co-owner of Lincoln into Art Gallery in Gettysburg, reached out to the National Park Service for permission to have this daily performance during the summer of 2017 and contacted Jari Villanueva, bugler and bugle historian who is considered the country’s foremost authority on Taps to help coordinate buglers.
Through his network of buglers across our nation, Villanueva is assembling performers to sound the iconic bugle call each evening at 7 pm. Villanueva says, “There is no greater way for buglers to express their appreciation to those who have served than to sound Taps. For over 150 years this call has defined our nation’s solemn tribute to Americans.” Villanueva served as an Air Force bugler at Arlington National Cemetery for 23 years and continues his service for Maryland veterans.
Among the buglers signed up to perform are military veterans, Civil War re-enactor buglers, community band members, high school and college students, and music teachers.
The public is cordially invited to attend any evening performance and recommended parking is at the Gettysburg National Cemetery Lot on Taneytown Road.
For more information and to sign up to perform on an evening please visit: www.tapsbugler.com/100-nights-of-taps/ or
*The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania was formed in 1938:
• to observe as Americans each anniversary the birth of Abraham Lincoln;
• to fittingly commemorate the anniversary of the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and the Gettysburg Address he delivered there;
• to preserve and make more readily accessible the landmarks associated with his life or ancestry within Pennsylvania; and
• to actively encourage the youth of our Commonwealth to embrace his ideals.
**Taps For Veterans is an organization that facilitates locating competent, trained, live buglers to perform the honorable duty of sounding Taps at military funerals and ceremonies.
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. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett
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