UPDATE: THIS YEAR'S EVENT WILL NOT BE AT NEPTUNE PARK, IT WILL BE HOSTED VIRTUALLY
TAPS AT TWILIGHT -
A VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE
St. Simons Island, GA, May 6, 2020 – St. Simons
Island Rotary will present the annual “Taps at Twilight” Memorial Day
tribute at 6:45 PM, Monday, May 25, 2020.
In consideration of social distancing guidelines, the event will be held
virtually and will not be live. Viewing opportunities will be on Golden Isles
TV Channel 98, the SSI Rotary YouTube channel and Facebook page.
“Taps,” a free event that SSI Rotary has offered the
community for 29 years, is a moving commemoration for veterans and grateful
citizens. This year, the club felt that – now, more than ever – the community
may want a way to, virtually, come together, take the time to remember our
values as a nation and remember those who have made our freedoms possible.
The program will include all the moments that have made Taps
at Twilight events so special in the past:
Posting of colors
National Anthem sung by Vietnam veteran, Stan Moran.
Retirement of Colors
Taps, played by a trumpet player
Featured musicians will include Michael Hulett and Owen
Plant. Also, performing his newly
released single “Memorial Day,” will be national country/western recording
artist, Billy Dean. www.BillyDean.com
The 2020 program will be dedicated to Clint Winne, Jr., a
retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, highly decorated combat pilot who
flew 159 missions during Vietnam, a graduate of the United States Military
Academy in West Point, and member of St. Simons Rotary. http://www.ssirotary.org/newweb/Club_Recognitions/Brigadier%20General%20Clinton%20H%20Winne.pdf
New and special additions during this year’s tribute include
a canon firing from the Lynx – a replica schooner from the War of 1812 – to
open the event, and a flyover to honor Mr. Winne.
The speakers will include the Adjutant General, Major
General Marvin T. Hunt, recently retired Adjutant General, Major General Greg
Lusk, and Colonel Wes Morrison, NCNG Chief of Staff.
This tribute also acknowledges the important role of GA
military during WWII. Remaining members
of the 30th Infantry Division, “Old Hickory,” will be honored. This
Division, comprised of infantry from GA, NC, SC and TN was recently awarded the
Presidential Unit Citation for heroism, 75 years later, for its bravery and
success against the German’s elite forces at Mortain, and later at the Battle
of the Bulge during WWII.
the speakers and Billy Dean can be arranged on request.
Taps at Twilight will be celebrated on Memorial Day at 6:45 p.m. in St. Simons Island's Pier Village at Neptune Park Bandstand. This annual event is a Memorial Day Concert and Tribute. Admission is free as the Rotary’s gift to the community. You need only bring your chair.