Steve Bow marched in the Loveland Memorial Day Parade

by David Miller

Loveland, Ohio– Taps Across America is the National Moment of Remembrance and annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day, to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.

The time was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off from work for the national holiday. The Moment was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year and was put in law by the United States Congress in December 2000.

Loveland resident Steve Bow played Taps at the site of the newly restored WWII Honor Roll in the AM during its dedication following his walking in uniform in Loveland’s parade and playing at the Loveland Veterans’ Memorial during the annual service there.

Claudia Bow at the Loveland Memorial Day ceremony

Steve is the Assistant State Director of Bugles Across America which provides “live” Taps whenever veterans need to be honored. They never charge a fee for the service.

He returned to the honor roll at 3 PM to participate in Taps Across America. After playing, Steve cupped his ear and said to the small gathering, “Someone is playing Taps.” As he listened more intently he pointed to the Veterans’ Memorial just down the street and off he went.

At the memorial, he met Steve Pride who was also participating in Taps Across America. Pride and his wife decided to drive around playing Taps and ended up in Loveland a few minutes past 3 PM. Pride who lives in West Chester is a trumpet professor at Miami University and is 2nd Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has played with the orchestra for forty-one years.

Steve Bow’s daughter Claudia, a Loveland High School graduate now studying at Northern Kentucky University, and also a participant in Bugles Across America, recorded the “Echo Taps” you will see in this LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV video.

David Miller is the Publisher and Editor of Loveland Magazine. To learn more visit the "About" page. (

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