The TAPS Daily - Memorial Day Edition


Welcome to The TAPS Daily Memorial Weekend Edition - your source for how to join in the nation's remembrance of our fallen heroes and support their surviving families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  1. VIDEO: TAPS MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE
    On Memorial Day, for all who have served, for whose names now reside in stone - you are forever in our hearts and we remember you. 
  2. Love Lives On Music Album Released for Memorial Day
    Love Lives On: The TAPS Album is available today for download and streaming on all major platforms -- Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play.  Listen to hear the stories of 10 fallen military heroes penned by the surviving family members who loved them.  All proceeds from the Album benefit TAPS families.
  3. We’ve Always Been in This Together
    For many families of the fallen this is the first Memorial Day weekend they’ve spent apart from their peers in a long time. That bond is still flourishing online as they connect across the miles, virtually, to honor their heroes together.
  4. Who is Memorial Day For?
    Who is Memorial Day for? It's for all of us. It's for all Americans to remember we enjoy our many freedoms because of a brave few who dedicated their lives to this country and who died much too soon from wounds seen and unseen.
  5. Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day
    Before my husband died, Memorial Day was just another 3 day weekend. I never really thought about the importance of it and just enjoyed our time together.  Since his death however, Memorial Day has taken on a whole new meaning.
  6. This Memorial Day video from a Gold Star business will shatter you
    (We Are The Mighty)
    Feltman's — a veteran and Gold Star family owned and operated company — understands the kind of loss when a loved one is ripped away and the kind a community shares when rocked by tragedy. It's the kind of loss Americans — and people all across the world — are feeling now.
  7. Observe Memorial Day, help military families during COVID-19
    (Today)
    How to observe Memorial Day and help military families from home during pandemic. Many events have been canceled because of COVID-19, but there are still ways to show support.
  8. Losing a military parent: kids find help at Good Grief Camp
    (Today)
    Even though the in-person gathering and annual Good Grief Camp wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery won't happen this year, TAPS is making its camp sessions and talks available virtually, and TAPS mentors are calling every camp kid to see how they’re doing.
  9. Families of our fallen military heroes cope with Memorial Day changes due to COVID-19
    (ABC Local)
    “Memorial Day means that we get to honor Bill."  A widow of an Army Major from Maryland talks about the family's new plans to pay tribute, as the coronavirus pandemic changes so many Memorial Day traditions.
  10. Angry Americans Podcast Episode 60:  Bonnie Carroll and Memorial Day in a Pandemic
    (Angry Americans)
    Paul Rieckhoff shares a powerful conversation with Medal of Freedom recipient and legendary TAPS Founder Bonnie Carroll (@bonnie_at_taps) and how this Memorial Day will be unlike any other.
  11. Military families who faced war deaths help COVID mourners with loss without goodbye
    (McClatchy)
    As Memorial Day approaches, military families who have faced the loss of a service member have noticed that their cycle of grief is strikingly similar to what Americans who lost a family member to the coronavirus are now facing.
  12. U.S. Army Band Performs Song to Inspire Americans During Coronavirus Pandemic
    (Southern Living)
    “America” was written by retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and he joins the band “Downrange” to perform the special tune. Gen. Dempsey is a TAPS Board Member.
  13. 4 Things to Remember Every Memorial Day
    (Military.com)
    Even if you aren't planting flags at a cemetery or you don't know anyone who fell in service to their country, there are still things you can learn, observe and even teach to others.

 

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History of Memorial Day

  • VIDEO: What is Memorial Day?
    (National D-Day Memorial)
    Memorial Day weekend often looks like cookouts and beach trips. But, why do we commemorate Memorial Day? Learn more about the significance of this holiday and how to honor those who died fighting for our freedom through making poppies during this program.
  • The History of Memorial Day
    (Military.com)
    Three years after the Civil War ended, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established ‘Decoration Day’ as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
  • The History Of Memorial Day: When Was The First, And Who Founded It?
    (BBC History Magazine)
    25 May 2020 marks Memorial Day, a day when America honours its war dead. Here, historian Peter Caddick-Adams explores the origins of this national holiday, which date back to 1868.
  • Memorial Day Fast Facts
    (CNN)
    Here's a look at Memorial Day, a day honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. It is observed annually in the United States on the last Monday in May.
  • When Is Memorial Day Weekend 2020? - Memorial Day Meaning and History
    (Country Living)
    The day of remembrance has a long, interesting history.
  • Memorial Day History, Resources, and Guidance
    (VA.gov)
    The history behind Memorial Day and resources for honoring the fallen from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Today in History - May 30
    (Library of Congress)
    Memorial Day history and official proclamation setting aside the last Monday in May to honor those who served our nation’s armed forces and died.

 

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Virtual Events and Ceremonies

  • 2020 Virtual National Military Survivor Seminar and Family Program
    For a quarter of a century, TAPS has warmly welcomed the families of America's fallen heroes to the National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day. This year TAPS hosts the event online for everyone at no cost.
  • PBS Memorial Day Concert to air May 24, 2020
    (We Are The Mighty)
    Capital Concerts announced that a special presentation of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, will air on PBS and feature new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor all of our American heroes.
  • National Memorial Parade
    (American Veterans Center)
    The National Memorial Day Parade shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations and pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.
  • Stars to Join Ancestry® this Memorial Day for Virtual “Parade of Heroes”
    (Ancestry.com)
    To help Americans commemorate Memorial Day from home this year, Ancestry, the leader in family history, presents the virtual “Parade of Heroes.”
  • Secretary of Defense Hosts Wreath Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day
    (Defense.gov)
    Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will host a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 25, at 9 a.m. Eastern to honor our men and women in uniform who have died while serving our nation. The event will be live-streamed on Defense.gov.
  • TAPS ACROSS AMERICA: The National Moment Of Remembrance Memorial Day 2020
    (Taps for Veterans)
    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.
  • Memorial Day Virtual Event at National D-Day Memorial
    (National D-Day Memorial)
    The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia will honor and remember those who gave their lives to the cause of freedom with a virtual online event on May 25.
  • National WWI Museum Memorial Day Observance
    (National World War One Museum and Memorial)
    The National WWI Museum and Memorial will host three moving ceremonies streamed online to help the public pay respect to those who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. The grounds of the Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri remain open to the public and feature a striking display of U.S. flags in recognition of veteran suicide.
  • Memorial Day Online Commemoration
    (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund)
    VVMF will observe Memorial Day 2020 with a virtual commemoration and we hope you will join us online at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25th.
  • 23rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Virtually Hosted by WIMSA
    (Women in Military Service Memorial)
    The Women in Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery will be hosting its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony this year via its Facebook page. Join the Women’s Memorial community online for this special event on Monday, May 25, at 4 p.m. Eastern.
  • USS Intrepid Museum Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony
    (Intrepid Museum)
    The Intrepid Museum will present its annual Memorial Day commemoration through a virtual ceremony that invites the public to join the Museum in honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
  • San Diego Memorial Day Live Virtual Simulcast Commemoration
    (Midway.org)
    Tune in on May 25 for LIVE virtual simulcast featuring four iconic San Diego locations: USS Midway Museum, Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and Miramar National Cemetery.
  • Memorial Day tribute at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace state park
    (ABC Local)
    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace will help host a virtual Memorial Day service saluting America’s fallen soldiers. The national historical park in central Kentucky said in a statement that it will join 29 others to put on a social media event Monday that will start at 8 a.m. and last more than 13 hours.
  • Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii 2020
    (KFDI)
    The Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaiʻi 2020 ceremony will now be observed as an hour-long program that will air on Hawaii News Now’s KGMB and streamed on the event website and related social media accounts on May 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. The program will be held in remembrance of the military’s fallen and loved ones who have passed. With a spirit of hope and positivity, we will also acknowledge the countless acts of compassion and heroism expressed as the world continues to navigate the challenges and effects of the global pandemic.
  • Fort Lee to honor fallen with virtual observances
    (Fort Lee Traveller)
    A virtual version of the Fort Lee’s Memorial Day observance will be held next week; altered due to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

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Ways to Share and View Heroes Online

  • Add Your Loved One to the Grateful Nation Memorial Hero Wall
    View the legacy of fallen heroes on the TAPS Grateful Nation Memorial Hero Wall and share your own loved one’s photo and story.
  • Make the Most of Time at Home: Share Your Loved One's Story
    Preserve your veteran's legacy in the Library of Congress so that others will have an opportunity to learn of their service, and be inspired by their actions.
  • Roll of Honor - Online Memorial for Veterans Awaiting Funeral Honors During COVID-19
    (VA.gov)
    VA’s online honor wall for all to remember those veterans whose committal services have been restricted under a directive beginning April 13 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The VA will work with families to schedule earned funeral honors once the crisis passes.
  • Create an online memorial for a loved one on the Veterans Legacy Memorial Website
    (VA.gov)
    In time for Memorial Day 2020, VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has enhanced capabilities on the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website for family, friends, and visitors to leave tributes or comments on a Veteran’s memorial page.
  • VVMF Share Who You Remember
    (VVMF.org)
    Share a written message telling who you'll be remembering this Memorial Day.
  • Midway Museum Hero Remembrance Wall
    (Midway.org)
    View Remembrance Wall honoring our heroes this Memorial Day Weekend and post a tribute to your own fallen hero.
  • Help Us Observe Memorial Day Virtually
    (American Legion)
    Share the names of those you will honor and remember on Memorial Day. The American Legion will compile submissions and share them regularly via their social media channels over Memorial Day weekend.
  • The Registry of the American Soldier
    (National Museum of the United States Army)
    The Registry of the American Soldier will be on permanent display at the Museum, and accessible via the search below. Please consider enrolling yourself, or honoring a friend or family members.
  • Veterans Legacy Program
    (VA.gov)
    Founded on Memorial Day 2016, the Veterans Legacy Program commemorates our nation's veterans through the discovery and sharing of their stories. VLP encourages students and teachers at the University and K-12 level around the country to immerse themselves in the rich historical resources found within NCA national cemeteries. Participants research veterans interred in national cemeteries and develop educational tools that increase public awareness of veteran service and sacrifice.

 

 

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Virtual Tours

  • ANC Explorer: Arlington National Cemetery
    (Army.mil)
    Virtual visitation of Arlington National Cemetery is available year round through ANC Explorer - a web-based and mobile application that enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites and other points of interest throughout the cemetery. Use the app to view headstone photos, take a self-guided tour, and access general information.
  • Vietnam War Memorial Virtual Tour & Mobile App
    (VVMF.org)
    Take a virtual tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to learn more about The Wall and all of the elements that make up the memorial.
  • Pentagon Memorial Audio Tour
    (National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial)
    The Pentagon Memorial Audio Tour is combined with an online video to provide a sequential narrative of the events of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon, the history of the Pentagon, and the purpose of the Pentagon Memorial's design.
  • The White House Virtual Tour - Google Arts & Culture
    (Google Arts & Culture)
    While a trip to the White House is certainly a unique experience in person, a virtual tour can be just as incredible. Thanks to Google Arts  & Culture, you can enjoy a walk through the most famous residence in the U.S. online.
  • U.S. Capitol Building Virtual Tour and Exhibits
    (VisitTheCapitol.gov)
    Learn about the history of the Congress and the Capitol Building through online exhibits, activities, and a guided video tour.
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
    (MountVernon.org)
    Enjoy a virtual tour and learn about the home and life of General George Washington and his family.
  • U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial Videos
    (NPS.gov)
    Watch two videos that briefly explain the history and significance of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
  • Gettysburg Virtual Tour
    (Battlefields.org)
    Explore Gettysburg in our 360° Virtual Tour! Follow in the footsteps of soldiers who fought at such iconic places as Culp's Hill, The Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, Devil's Den, Little Round Top, and Cemetery Ridge.
  • Explore Army Museum Exhibits
    (National Museum of the United States Army)
    Experience the Army through featured exhibits available online ahead of the new museum’s official opening in June 2020.
  • National Museum of the U.S. Navy Online Exhibits and Activities
    (National Museum of the United States Navy)
    The Navy Museum in Washington, D.C. features highlights from several of exhibits online as well as educational activities for grade school students.
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps Virtual Experience
    (National Museum of the Marine Corps)
    This rich, interactive virtual environment will serve as the gateway for Marines and visitors from all around the world to see the museum regardless of their location.
  • National USAF Museum Virtual Tour
    (National Museum of the United States Air Force)
    The virtual tour allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery either by using a drop-down map or by following navigational arrows.
  • Pritzker Military Museum Virtual Tour
    (Pritzker Military Museum)
    A virtual tour of this Chicago museum is available with Adobe Flash Player 9/10 or higher. Pritzker offers many ways to explore military history - from past exhibits, to digital archives, to reading lists curated by the five service branches and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

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Make Memorial Day Meaningful at Home

 

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National Cemeteries

 

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TAPS Memorial Day Partners

  • Feltman's of Coney Island
    Shop this veteran-owned, Gold Star family business over Memorial Day weekend. Now through May 25, all proceeds from online sales will benefit TAPS.
  • K-DEER
    With each purchase K-Deer's Susanne Stripe leggings, 5% of e-commerce sales are donated to TAPS.   The Susanne Stripe is dedicated to Lieutenant Colonel Susanne M. Hiscock of the United States Air Force and honors active service members, veterans and military personnel who serve in the armed forces.
  • Amazon Smile
    When you shop Amazon Smile, you’ll find the exact same prices with the added benefit that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases directly to TAPS -- all at no cost to you.  Visit smile.amazon.com to select TAPS and then proceed with your normal shopping.
  • USAA
    Learn what you can do to honor these service members and why it's important to keep them in memory. President of USAA Life Company and USAA Investment Management Company, Brandon Carter, serves on the TAPS Board of Directors and USAA is a strong supporter of TAPS.

 

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Further Resources

  • TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline
    If you are grieving the loss of a fallen service member or you know someone who can use our support, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free with loving support and resources at 800-959-TAPS (8277).
  • Ways to Get Involved with the TAPS Mission
    There are many ways to get involved with and support the mission to care for the families of America’s fallen heroes.
  • Casework Assistance
    TAPS Casework addresses the immediate needs to help resolve issues, such as burials, benefits, records and more. Additionally, we have a network of third-party organizations we consult regularly on issues, such as healthcare, financial hardships, credit counseling and civil legal issues.
  • VA Burial and Memorial Benefits
    (VA.gov)
  • We're All in This Together - TAPS COVID-19 Civilian Response Page
    As survivors of military death, we are no strangers to isolation, fear and loss; we have many lessons learned and tools for coping.  We have the advice of experts from our Advisory Board that we will share with you and other resources we’ve discovered over nearly three decades.
  • TAPS COVID-19 Response
    Find resources, services, and support provided 24/7 by TAPS to surviving military families navigating the challenges of COVID-19.
  • TAPS COVID-19 Government and Partner Resource Update
    Learn more about access to and impacts on your government benefits during COVID-19.

 

Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.