Mr. Day is the founder and president of Bugles Across America, a nonprofit providing veterans with military burial honors. Founded in 2000, the organization has sent horn players to perform “Taps” at thousands of military funerals throughout the United States and inspired policy changes and local programs supporting the next generation of bugle players. Raised by a military family, Mr. Day started playing bugle as a young child, and played “Taps” for a Civil War veteran’s reburial ceremony, inspiring a lifelong passion for the call’s role in military culture. He served proudly for more than a decade as a member of the United States Navy, the United States Marines and Marine Reserves, and has been involved with the Civil Air Patrol and JROTC programs throughout his life. In recognition of his work for military families, Mr. Day has been the recipient of awards from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the state of Illinois, and served as officiant at the Daley Center’s 1996 Flag Day ceremony. Mr. Day holds a diploma from the Institute of Financial Education and has enjoyed success as a banker, real estate tax consultant, and sales representative for the Illinois State Lottery.
Mr. Day shares his personal and professional inspirations in a video for Marquis.
Mr. Day was featured in Fortune Magazine as part of a group of Marquis Top Professionals.
Mr. Day was included in the 74th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America.