CTE Gives Back! May 2023


A very personal Cable Tie Express story is “behind the scenes” as we have chosen to channel our charity dollars for the month of May with its major holiday of Memorial Day to Taps for Veterans, Inc., a 509(a)(2) Corporation founded in 2021. 

It was at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 29, that family and friends of the late Walt Cooper, Jr, who recently passed suddenly and unexpectedly and who was the husband of Char Cooper, founder of Cable Tie Express, gathered at Walt’s graveside. They were there to be part of Taps Across America, a heartfelt ceremony throughout the country and composed of over 2000 military musicians playing Taps, our “National Song of Remembrance”, as a way of expressing the nation’s gratitude for a veteran’s service.

These 24 notes may bring tears to our eyes and lumps in our throats each time we hear it and the thought behind all of this is that a veteran’s final honors are worthy of a live rendition of this National Song.   The mission of Taps for Veterans is to provide opportunities for buglers or trumpet players to sound Taps for military veteran’s funerals and ceremonies. 

There are other events on the schedule for 2023 in addition to Taps Across America.  One is The National Salute, reinstituted in 2015 and scheduled for the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, to show deep respect for our Unknown Soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery and for all veterans. Another Taps for Veterans event is 100 Nights of Taps which honors the fallen laid to rest at the Gettysburg National Cemetery with a bugler sounding taps at the Cemetery each evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

It is with great respect that the CTE Gives Back! charity dollars are given to Taps for Veterans.  For more information, to request Taps, or to participate and serve our nation in this manner, please visit www.tapsforveterans.org.