Local bugler performs for Taps Across America

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Every Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance encourages everyone to pause for one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to remember those who served and died. Immediately after, Taps is played.

Musicians all across the nation volunteer to sound the 24 notes of the bugle call on whatever instrument they play. Last year was the first, and boasted over 10,000 participants, but Rapid City wasn’t left out. A local bugler lent her instrument to the cause, performing the song at the Fleet Farm in Rapid City.

“I started playing taps in 2009, when my great grandfather passed away,” said Makayla DaMoude. “I was asked to play taps because I was learning how to play trumpet, I was in fifth grade. And they’re like, ‘well Makayla, you’re learning trumpet, you should learn how to play it.’ So I did. And with the help of a lot of different VFW‘s and legions, I‘ve stuck with it, and I‘m glad that I have. It’s always such a huge honor.

For DeMoude, it is an honor and a small token of appreciation for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s super important to remember those who have gone and died serving our country, and protecting our freedoms that we rightfully enjoy today. It’s my little way of saying thank you for everything they’ve done,” DaMoude said. “And it’s just a small way for all the things that

they deserve.”

The song is traditionally performed on a single bugle or trumpet, but Taps Across America encourages anyone with an instrument to get involved and use the moment to express their heartfelt gratitude.

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