Petition to designate Taps as our National Song of Remembrance

The bugle call Taps is a national treasure and should be recognized as such.

We, the undersigned citizens of the United States, willfully petition the United States Congressional membership to take action that allows for the designation of the bugle call "Taps" as our "National Song of Remembrance."

Much like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," which were born from the winds of war, "Taps" shares a similar history. Following the Seven Days Battle in July 1862, General Daniel Butterfield and bugler Oliver Norton created "Taps" as a way to signal the end of day.

It has now become the signature musical farewell for uniformed personnel who have faithfully served our nation during times of war and peace. Over its 150-year history, "Taps" has been woven into our nation's historical fabric and is revered by many as a national treasure. At each playing, deep emotions arise in those who listen to those twenty-four solemn notes; emotions of loss, pride, honor and respect.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that our Congress take action to elevate this simple bugle call to the same status as that shared by our National Anthem and National March. This distinction will ensure and signify that those for whom "Taps" is sounded receive the honor and respect of a nation they so proudly served.