On the date of the 20th anniversary of 9-11, we know that many children born since 2001 can only see the aftermath of the tragedy and the bravery of those who stepped up in its wake and the subsequent military conflicts. To those left behind after losing a loved one, the hole in their hearts is as big and real to them as the hole left by the fallen World Trade Center.

Founder Bonnie Carroll knew something had to be done to try to ease the pain after she lost her husband in a military plane crash, and she started the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS) in 1994.

Bonnie Carroll gave a poignant speech

TAPS provides an array of programs, comfort, and resources for the families of the fallen. As the world faced a global pandemic, TAPS opened their hearts and 27 years of knowledge to share resources and tools with the world. You can help, volunteer, support or read about TAPS programs at www.TAPS.org.

Here in Colorado, Bo and Lynne Cottrell have spearheaded fundraisers for TAPS for 16 years and the event is still lively and vibrant as ever. Guests got to immerse themselves in the scrumptious prime rib dinner, once again provided by the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew, listen to tunes by Tony David and Wildefire, peruse silent and live auction items and then were treated by performances by Nashville legends Andy Griggs, Deborah Allen, Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols.

Nashville singer/songwriters all support each other

We can never fill that giant hole. But through camaraderie, friendship and support, we can ease the pain somewhat, and maybe smile for a little while. The TAPS motto “Love Lives On” says it all.

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