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Armistice Day Ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary

November 11, 2018

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Fort Stanwix National Monument

Phone: (315) 338-7730

100 N. James Street

Rome, NY 13440

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., several speakers will discuss the history of the end of  World War I and the day that we now call “Veteran’s Day,” leading up to a playing of “Taps” at precisely 11 a.m. on the fort wall. Park volunteer Robert Allers will join buglers and trumpeters from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries, all commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  Locations include WWI monuments, memorials, public squares, churches, and Veterans Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.  This special ceremony is sponsored by Taps for Veterans and 100 Nights of Taps Gettysburg.

Allers, a longtime volunteer, who will play “Taps” on an 19th Century trench bugle, will also read a journal entry from an ancestor who witnessed the original Armistice Day proceedings. “If you think about it, we’re actually honoring four centuries of veterans,” said Allers, “I’m playing a 19th Century bugle, at an 18th Century fort in 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. It’s an honor to be a part of something that big.”

Over the course of WWI, nearly 100 soldiers from Oneida County were killed or died while in service.  A small discussion on the history of these men will take place shortly after the ceremony.