Thirteen-year-old Emma Godfrey had two things on her mind as she unleashed the pure, proud, solemn notes of “Taps” over American Legion Post 256.
One was accuracy. The other was respect.
“This song, if I mess it up, a lot of people will be ‘oh no,’” said Godfrey, one of two Canandaigua trumpet players who took part in a ceremony Monday morning that kicked off the city’s annual Memorial Day parade.
“Also I want to honor the people who served us,” she said.
“This is for the people, so you want to play it really well for them,” added Godfrey’s counterpart, 13-year-old trumpet player Joshua Turek.
The 9 a.m. ceremony paid tribute to those who died in service to their country and featured, among others, members of Canandaigua Boy Scout Troop 32.
Nick Woodworth, 16, and three friends stepped to the podium in hopes of earning their communication badges and eventually becoming Eagle Scouts. They spoke at the event and marched in the parade alongside Mayor Ellen Polimeni.