On Christmas Day 2021 The Doughboy Foundation and Taps For Veterans will honor the 116,516 brave Americans who died in World War I by the sounding of Taps at the National World War I Memorial in Washington DC. A small wreath will be placed at the statue of General Pershing at 4:50 PM followed by the sounding of Taps at 5 p.m. (ET)
Taps, the traditional lights out call in the military, traces its origin to the American Civil War and is used to honor military veterans at funerals. It is also sounded at memorial and wreath ceremonies to honor uniformed military members and those who have served our nation in times of war and peace.
The Christmas Taps will be sounded by Jari Villanueva, Director of Taps for Veterans. Villanueva is a retired military bugler and Taps historian. All are welcome to hear Taps on Christmas Day.
Taps is sounded each day at 5 p.m. by a bugler in a WWI uniform. Taps has sounded each day since May 24, 2021. The Memorial is located at Pennsylvania Ave and 14th Street NW in Washington DC.
JOIN US ON CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE WWI MEMORIAL