Taps is sounded by a bugler each day at 5 pm to honor the memory of 4.7 million Americans who finished a fight they did not start, in a land they had never visited, for peace and liberty for people they did not know. We honor those Doughboys who did their ‘bit’ for their country.

The daily sounding of Taps began Monday May 24th and will continue through Veterans Day. The call will be sounded at the foot of the flagpole at the Memorial.

The daily sounding is with cooperation of The WWI Commission, The Doughboy Foundation, The America Battlefield Monuments Commission, the National Park Service and Taps For Veterans.

The Doughboy Foundation is asking for your support to help fund this daily sounding of Taps so we can continue it year round to honor them.
Learn more about the Doughboy Foundation

The National World War I Memorial is located in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Ave between 14th and 15th Streets.

Please join us at 5 pm whenever you are in Washington, DC.

Taps at the National WWI Memorial in Washington DC: Narrated by Gary Sinise


January 3-9 Daniel Sharp
January 10-16 Joshua Kauffman
January 17-23 Kevin Paul
January 24-30 Jari Villanueva
January31-February 6 Matt Barker (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
February 7-13 Michael Delaune
February 14-20 Kevin Paul
February 21-27 Jari Villanueva
February 28-March 6 Kevin Paul
March 7-13 Amy McCabe
March 14-20 Kevin Paul
March 21-27 Jari Villanueva
March 28-April 3 Craig Taylor
April 4-10 Kevin Paul
April 11-17 Jeff Stockham
April 18-24 Jari Villanueva
April 25-May 1 Jari Villanueva
May 2-8 John Schmitt
May 9-15 Kevin Paul
May 16-22 Jari Villanueva
May 23-29 Kevin Paul
May 30-June 6 Jari Villanueva

TAPS FOR VETERANS is an organization dedicated to providing live buglers for military funerals and memorial services. TFV has coordinated many national events including Taps Across America, Birth Of An American Tradition, A Bugle Call Remembered, Sounds Of Remembrance, The National Salute on Veterans Day, and 100 Nights Of Taps Gettysburg. The next major event is Taps In Honored Glory on November 7th 2021 to commemorate the Centennial of Taps at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National Salute on November 11. You can see our full calendar of upcoming events here.

Jari Villanueva, Bugler Director of Taps For Veterans

More than its statuary, the new National World War I Memorial is a public gathering place for reflection on the war that changed the world. It is here in the Nation’s Capital that the playing of Taps—the sonorous 24-note melody embodies egalitarianism, patriotism, democracy, and equality—will enable us to fulfill an obligation to keep faith with the American Doughboy.

Michael DeLaune, Bugler

Solemn public gatherings will evoke the sacrifice and service of the 4.7 million Americans who answered their country’s call. A varied cast of participants will take part in the tolling of a ship’s bell, the laying of wreaths, the distribution of poppies, and more, casting an unforgettable spell upon Washingtonians and visitors alike. Indelible stories of service will inspire those in attendance and online. At special commemorative ceremonies, Taps will be played on a storied instrument: General John J. Pershing’s own bugle.

The Pershing Bugle played by a bugler from the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

The Doughboy Foundation is actively seeking funding to support this project, and we’ll start the program once we have secured the first year’s expenses. 

Learn more and support the foundation

If you have questions, please contact: halsey.hughes@doughboy.org 

In Lafayette’s Country
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