Armistice Day Ceremony at Fort Stanwix

A man in a bright red jacket stands on a wooden wall playing a bugle.
Volunteer Robert Allers plays "Taps" on the fort wall.

National Park Service/R. Allers

On November 11, a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day took place at Fort Stanwix National Monument. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., several speakers presented the history of the end of World War I and the day that we now call “Veterans Day,” and read the iconic poem "In Flanders Fields." This lead up to a playing of “Taps” at precisely 11 a.m. on the fort wall. Park volunteer Robert Allers joined 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 included WWI monuments, memorials, public squares, churches, and Veterans Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Allers, a longtime volunteer, also read a journal entry from an ancestor who witnessed the original Armistice Day proceedings before playing “Taps” on an 19th Century trench bugle. “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 discussion on the history of these men took place shortly after the ceremony. This special ceremony was sponsored by Taps for Veterans and 100 Nights of Taps Gettysburg and the Rome Historical Society - Friends of the Fort.
2 men stand on a grassy wall. One holds a drum. A second in a black cape, plays a bugle.
The official salute to the fallen of WWI took place at 11 am on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

M. Colangelo

Last updated: December 11, 2018