***Taps on the Square will continue. They ask that people not gather closely at the southwest corner of the square so they can stay in compliance with CDC recommendations on gatherings. Individuals are welcome to listen from other areas on the square, from parked vehicles, etc. The current limit is 25 people per gathering. Attendees are asked to practice social distancing.***
Each Friday evening, a dedicated group of men, women, and children gather at the southwest corner of the courthouse square in downtown Martinsville. They have been doing so since December of 2012. They gather to honor those who have served and sacrified for our nation with live Taps. The weekly tribute to those who serve began as a tribute to the young lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School and has continued each week since, regardless of weather conditions. Their purpose is simple, to honor all who serve. At 6:55 pm, names are read of our fallen veterans, police officers, fire fighters, recovered POW/MIAs and Rosie the Riveters, followed by reflective silence until the first notes of live, echoing Taps rings out across the square. Live taps is sounded by buglers of Bugle Across America, promptly at the seventh bell.
This event is sponsored each week by Indiana Spirit of '45, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing Indiana veterans and communities together to celebrate, honor and remember our World War II generation, passing their example of courage, self-sacrifice, can do attitude, serivce and national unity so it will forever inspire future generations of Americans, especially our youth. Taps on the Square is open to all who wish to attend.