Bugles across America was started several years back to ensure that every veteran had a bugle player to play Taps at their funeral.
Michael Saliba is a veteran from Americus who is a volunteer for the organization. Saliba says he's played Taps at hundreds of funerals; this, he says, is his passion.
Saliba says this song is a symbol of patriotism and of the armed forces and every solider deserves to have this played at their funeral. He says this a proper way to send a soldier off.
Unfortunately, Saliba says there are more veterans dying each day than they have bugle players and they are in desperate need of volunteers.
Although it's a lot to handle, playing at so many funerals a year, Saliba says he wouldn't trade it for the world. He remembers playing Taps for soldiers when he was deployed and he knows how much this song means to the members of armed forces and their families.