Taps at the Tower | Kansas City

I attended the Fourth Annual Taps at the Tower last night at The National World War I Museum and Memorial.  The ceremony is only for one week each year, with Taps played at sunset each evening.  According to their website, “Taps, a musical piece sounded at dusk and funerals, has a rich and storied history in the United States.”  The reverent ceremony is quite emotional, as I looked around and saw veterans, american flags and young and old at attention.  It was an amazing feel of community and country.

Each evening, a different community group presents the flags, a wreath is placed at the base of the Tower, and the bugle sounds Taps.  The evening I attended, flags were presented by a local chapter of the Girl Scouts of America.  The ceremony itself is only approximately five minutes.  Many stuck around to explore the grounds as dusk turned to dark.  

The grounds are beautiful, so bring a blanket and picnic to snack on before the event.  Rain is expected Friday, but the Taps ceremony will continue at the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge inside the Museum.

Learn more on the Museum's website.  There are only three evenings left!  Make sure you do not miss out on this opportunity, which is certainly becoming a Kansas City tradition.

XOXO - Tami


  1. Super cool. I didn't know! Thanks for sharing about this cool event!

    1. You're welcome, Jillian! I am so glad I attended. I hope you can make it to one of the ceremonies.


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