Memorial Day

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This Memorial Day weekend is expected to break travel records. Forecasters say that one million more people will travel this year compared to last year.

AAA says that 39.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home for Memorial Day weekend. Despite a recent rise in gas prices, 88 percent of those – about 35 million – will be in cars.

Travel growth has continued for three years. AAA attributes that to more confidence and more consumer spending in general in the U.S.

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Financial experts are warning veterans this Memorial Day weekend to look out for phone calls and emails from scammers. 


Last year, nearly 100,000 veterans reported that they were the target of scamming attempts, and more than half of those were related to either identity theft or credit card fraud.

The scams can come in the form of emails, phone calls and advertisements.

Taps: The Hardest 24 Notes

Dec 7, 2015
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This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 05/25/15.

A Marine Corps veteran in Wichita volunteers his time to play what many call the hardest 24 notes a musician will ever play: taps. Few melodies are as easily recognized or emotional as the tune, which is standard at military funerals.

Today, there are so few buglers available that the military services cannot always provide one. KMUW's Abigail Beckman presents this sound portrait with Tim Emerson, who is a member of Bugles Across America.

I was performing a musical program on Kansas history last week to a group of 3rd graders. While talking about our state’s tumultuous birth in 1861 and the songs of the American Civil War, I came to the well known tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” I asked how many knew someone serving in the military away from home and was surprised at the large number of hands that went up.