Dade City participates in TAPS ACROSS AMERICA May 30, 2022

By Richard Riley Posted on June 7, 2022

The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.

The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off from work for the national holiday. The Moment was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year and was put in law by the United States Congress in December 2000.

Moriah Tucker (L) and Morgan Hemphil play taps
Moriah Tucker (left) and Morgan Hemphil played an “echo” version of Taps, with one trumpet playing half a measure behind the other at times. Image by Richard Riley

The TAPS ACROSS AMERICA annual event again honors those military members who gave everything.

At 3 p.m. (local) on Memorial Day thousands of participants were spread out across our nation to sound the 24 notes of our most solemn bugle call, Taps. Buglers and trumpeters can sound the call from their front porch, on their apartment balcony, driveway, on the sidewalk, and at cemeteries and memorials, to make sure this musical tribute is given to those who, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, gave the last full measure of devotion.

This year, Dade City chose to participate in TAPS ACROSS AMERICA.

Dade City participates in TAPS ACROSS AMERICA

Residents and visitors enjoyed hearing Taps played at the Dade City Courthouse, with two trumpets providing the infamous song in echo style at 3pm on Monday, May 30. Moriah Tucker and Morgan Hemphil were the players.

Jalynn Widner (Miss Outstanding Teen Dade City) and Bailie Williams are Dade City royalty at the Three O’clock Taps Celebration of Memorial Day.
A small crowd stood in the shade to appreciate the event. Image by Richard Riley.

Richard Riley took the time to create this visual record of the event. We hope you enjoy it.

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