The Pennsylvania chapter of Bugles Across America is hosting its annual Echo Taps ceremony on May 18 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

The ceremony, which is held in observance of Armed Forces Day, is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. in front of the administration building with a traditional three-volley rifle salute by the Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard of Lancaster, followed by the sequential sounding of Taps throughout the cemetery grounds by a corps of buglers from across the region.

The buglers also will perform a musical tribute at the cemetery’s Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, with each of the military service branch songs. Family members and friends will be invited to sign a memorial book, dedicating the playing of Echo Taps to loved ones interred at Indiantown Gap.

Bugles Across America is a nonprofit organization of volunteer buglers who sound Taps as part of military funeral honors for U.S. military veterans. Echo Taps was originated by Howard T. Reitenbaugh of Huntington, a former state director for Bugles Across America in Pennsylvania.

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