For 10 year old Girl Scout and novice trumpet player, Rachel, Taps Across America, a collective moment of remembrance to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, will always signify a special moment in her life. “My husband and I talked with our kids about the significance of Taps and Memorial Day,” said Heather, Rachel’s mother and troop leader, after the family watched a news story about Baltimore based Taps Across America. “Because parades were canceled this year and we are still social distancing,” Heather said, “it was a way we could honor the veterans and fallen heroes from our neighborhood.”
Rachel, who has only played the trumpet with her school band for a year, diligently learned and practiced Taps days before the memorial event. The family posted that they would be participating in the 3 pm Memorial Day Observance in their neighborhood social media group. At 3:00 pm on Memorial Day 2020, Brownie Girl Scout Sarah, dutifully held the flag as her sister Rachel played taps while their younger brother Andrew stood and several neighbors gathered to honor the bravery and commitment of our country’s military members. “It was a great way to feel connected to our community and participate in something so important to our nation,” Heather said.
The news story that inspired the family, encouraged Taps Across America participants to send video to CBS. “It was pure luck that they picked our picture to use with others out of the thousands they probably received.” Heather added, “We were just so excited that Girl Scouts were recognized!”