Blowing in the Wind this Memorial Day

May 24, 2020 Since parades and gatherings are cancelled this Memorial Day weekend, retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva and correspondent Steve Hartman are asking buglers and trumpet players across the country to stand on their porches this Memorial Day, and play the haunting music of “Taps” – and for the rest of us to soak in this 24-note reminder of what Memorial Day is all about.

When blowing one’s own horn becomes a worthy tradition. Today at 3:00 pm wherever you are, step outside and listen or better yet play your heart out.


13 thoughts on “Blowing in the Wind this Memorial Day”


    For the third year in a row, CBS is marking Memorial Day by inviting musicians of all abilities and ages across the country to honor our fallen soldiers by playing Taps during the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
    Why Taps?
    Taps is instantly recognizable as the somber 24-note bugle call played at American military funerals and ceremonies. CBS Evening News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman was inspired by a story he did in 2012 on Don Brittain, who sounded Taps on his balcony at sunset. Hartman thought other trumpet players could do the same, so he launched Taps Across America on the CBS Evening News in 2020. Hartman and CBS hope that the annual nationwide event will continue to offer an opportunity to pause for a moment to pay tribute to fallen service members.
    Last year, Taps Across America drew tens of thousands of participants across the world, with most sharing their performances to social media using the hashtag #CBSTaps. You can watch some of these past performances here.
    Dust off your instrument to sound the call this Memorial Day. Here’s what you need to know.
    Who can participate?
    Anyone who can sound Taps. You can find the sheet music here. We recommend playing in the key of B flat, if possible.
    When should I sound Taps?
    On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in your local time zone.
    Where should I play Taps?
    Participants have played from a wide variety of locations – their own porches or lawns, cemeteries and monuments, mountain tops, workplaces and more. We encourage you to play wherever feels most comfortable and meaningful to you.

  2. and as Dylan asked:

    How many roads must a man walk down
    Before you call him a man?
    How many seas must a white dove sail
    Before she sleeps in the sand?
    Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
    Before they’re forever banned?
    The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
    The answer is blowing in the wind


    “No one should have to endure the challenges and risks of pregnancy and childbirth simply because someone has deprived them of the choice not to.”

    “Nobody should be forced to then live the rest of their lives never knowing what became of a life they brought into the world against their will. And no one should grow up suspecting they were born as punishment for people denied control of their own bodies. Please do not assume that adoption is a reasonable alternative or compromise to abortion access. Take it from an adoptee: The choice is what matters.”

    “The reality is this: My birth mother’s choice to put me up for adoption can only be meaningful if she had a choice between adoption and abortion in the first place. I honestly don’t know if she did.”

    “…most adoptees, who on average are six years into childhood before finding their forever homes. Racial disparities also make it likelier that white kids get adopted compared to those who are Black or Hispanic.”

    “It should be lost on no one that the same people trying to control access to abortion are also trying to control access to adoption. As we saw in the Philadelphia Supreme Court case last year and in others still brewing in the lower courts, conservatives want to use public funds to subsidize private agencies that ban same-sex couples, Jewish couples and any couple who won’t inculcate conservative, evangelical Christian, anti-LGBTQ views. Not only does this limit the number of families who can actually adopt, but the consequences for queer kids who grow up in such rejecting households are tragically damaging.”

  4. Just back from a couple days on the boat.  Three days in the office convinced me that remote work means no stress.  I was wiped out and slept much of the time.  Yup. Definitely time to hand the keyboard over to the kids.
    While there, and surrounded by hoards of far right wing types, a couple are less believers than they used to be after a bout with COVID, I spread the word about making another national holiday for all the children slaughtered.  They suffered terrible wounds and deserve a day of remembrance.  It went over better than I expected.  It is not the Dems who would be a problem, if we get the other side to think they came up with the idea it could happen.

  5. Spent three days at Deep Creek Lake, Md – one thing I did not see for the first time during holiday weekends since May 2020 is Dumbass flags on boats, motorcycles and pickup trucks. And there was no impromptu MAGA flotilla. So there’s two improvements in the past 2 years in Trumplandia.


    “In just a 72-hour span over Memorial Day weekend, there were more than 300 shooting incidents across the US, according to data tabulated by the Gun Violence Archive.”

    BB – A day for victims of gun violence is an idea with merit. (I would suggest the first day of hunting season, or, it could coincide with whatever day is set aside to honor teachers.)

    I do recall a day when everyone was encouraged to wear orange in remembrance. I would expect a counter-maneuver by the far’t claiming their Second Amendment rights trump everyone’s right to breathe.

    pogo – I wonder if convictions for 1/6 have impacted the MAGAt parades?

  7. Pogo – Interesting observation.  Thinking back, none of that idiocy happened this year around the middle of nowhere either.  The idiot sign board at a car repair shop has not changed since December, even though a couple letters have dropped off.

  8. BiD I don’t think fear of prosecution has anything to do with the nuts not displaying the Dumbass colors. I’d guess it’s some combination of disappointment and fatigue – of course that assumes a certain minimum level of insight that the MAGATs may not actually possess. 

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