Veteran has played 'Taps' on his trumpet every Memorial Day since 1956

91-year-old Elmer Hayes plays the 24-note soundtrack in remembrance of those who have died while serving the country.
1:44 | 05/30/17

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Transcript for Veteran has played 'Taps' on his trumpet every Memorial Day since 1956
. Finally tonight, on this memorial day, the haunting sound of taps. The solemn song originating during the civil war. It's a song one veteran has been playing most of his life. Reporter: From Arlington with the president, to Boston's sea of flags, and North Carolina. Behind it all that 24-note soundtrack beckoning us to remember. 91-year-old Elmer Hayes kns the song well. It has an effect on you. He's been playing taps on memorial day in Wisconsin since 1956. Hayes, a Korean war veteran, started playing the trumpet when he was just 10 years old, a natural talent. When he hit high school a teacher asked for a favor. He needed somebody and I was playing in the band so I learned how to play taps. Reporter: Hayes never put his trumpet down. Becoming a big name in the poker scene. Hayes would rather pick up his horn for a fellow veteran to play that song and make sure we all never forget. Don't think the 24 notes but what the piece of music is saying. Just one long, beautiful piece. You try to play it as emotionally as you can. We thank Elmer for his service. Thanks so much for watching and good night. Ben: A driver rushed to the

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