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”Taps Across America” hitting Lake Sinclair

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Doesn’t get much more patriotic

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    From left are local “Taps Across America” organizers Larry Edwards, Larry McLendon and Julian Hood. This year’s event is all set for Duke’s Lounge on Sinclair Marina Road shortly before 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Taps” is a relatively simple tune played by a lone bugler. Somehow, though, it still manages to give many Americans goosebumps each and every time.

“Taps Across America,” meanwhile, is a nationwide movement that aims to have “Taps” played by as many people as possible at exactly 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Several local men this year are bringing “Taps Across America” back to Baldwin County. Shortly before Memorial Day, which is May 31 this year, a ceremony will begin behind Duke’s Lounge on Sinclair Marina Road. Then, at exactly 3 p.m., retired Army colonel Larry McLendon will grab his bugle and belt “Taps” into Duke’s’ microphone and outdoor speaker system.

The event also was held last Memorial Day at Duke’s, and a small of flotilla of boats gathered around the cove, while Duke’s patrons also walked up. This year, however, the organizers are hoping that the turnout is even bigger and better.

“Any way that people want to come, we encourage them to come. By boat, by car or on foot – it doesn’t matter,” said event co-organizer Larry Edwards. “It should be a great event.”

Taps Across America came to notoriety last year after CBS reporter Steve Hartman featured the event as part of his “On the Road” series. Edwards happened to be watching the CBS Evening News that evening, and the Milledgeville version was born.