Why Was Bugles Across America Started?
Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating that Veterans have a right to at least two uniformed military people to fold the flag and play military taps.
Normally most branches of the military, with the exception of the Marines, only pays a recording. Bugles Across America felt that they each of them deserved a beautiful and live rendition of Military Taps. This should be performed by a live bugler in recognition of the arduous and committed service that our wonderful Veterans have given. To this day they service over all in the US and continue to grow overseas. They have over 4000 Volunteer buglers in 50 states.
For additional information on military honors (flag presentation and military taps) and the various aspects involved please visit our Veteran Military Honors section.
The Future and Service
As the years pass, the Department of Veterans Affairs predicts that within the next 10 years or less half of a million veterans will pass. Because of this, Bugles Across American are always willing and actively hiring live buglers all across the nation.
Bugler Volunteers can of any gender and there are no fees of entry to become a volunteer, however certain precautions and regulations are required.
Many funeral companies like Funerals Your Way will offer Bugles Across America’s services. The veteran needs to be in an honorable standing while in service and will make sure that everything is in place when the day comes. The flag presentation to the next of kin and the playing of military taps is a moving aspect of a veterans funeral service.
Bugles Across America members have willingly given over two million hours of their volunteer time to our veterans and their families. To learn more watch our video as Jody, talks to the brilliant and kind Roy Zanni, a live bugler here in San Diego, California.