by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor
Bugles Across America, a not-for-profit organization that provides a place for bugle players to sign up to play Taps at military funerals, celebrated its second birthday May 16. The organization has grown considerably since its debut in 2001. In March 2002, there were 350 members, and as of June 10, 2003, it had 1,950 buglers in 50 states and more than 200 in the honor guard/color guard program.
In the past two years, Bugles Across America buglers have played at more than 24,000 funeral honors and thousands of memorial services. The organization, which has representation from more than 50 drum corps nationwide, has done 90 percent of the military honors for those killed in action in Iraq, according to founder and president Tom Day.
Day recently published 400 copies of the fourth edition of the “Military Funeral Detail,” a booklet that provides information for new Bugles Across America members. The booklet includes frequently asked questions about military funeral honors, newspaper and magazine clippings featuring members of Bugles Across America, and more.
On the organization’s Web site, www.buglesacrossamerica.org, funeral directors, military personnel or family members of deceased veterans can submit a bugler request form. Those interested in becoming members of the organization can also sign up online or make a donation.