Armed Forces Day was recognized Saturday, May 16, with a Virtual Echo Taps ceremony carried out by the Pennsylvania chapter of Bugles Across America.
Echo Taps is a military tradition in which multiple buglers stand some distance apart and play Taps, creating an echoing effect. On a large site like Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, this technique produces a particularly effective tone. Due to current coronavirus-related restrictions on public gatherings, this year’s ceremony was conducted on a virtual basis.
The Pennsylvania chapter of Bugles Across America produced the virtual ceremony. Bugles Across America is a nonprofit organization of bugle players who play for military funerals in the US. For more information, visit the organization’s website or call Assistant Pennsylvania Director Doug Wilburne at 717-216-9245.
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is a 677-acre military cemetery that serves the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. It was established in 1976. For more information on the Cemetery, visit their webpage.
Joshua Groh contributed reporting to this article.