Exceptional historical program at Rotary’s July 4 ceremony

Published Jul 6, 2017 at 4:00pm

Every July 4th the Rome Rotary Club observes the holiday with a commemorative ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers of the Revolution in downtown Rome. This year’s ceremony was, in my mind, one of the best that has been ever been presented.

Mr. William Sawyer, a historian at Fort Stanwix, was the main speaker. He challenged the audience to compare our abilities and personal commitment with those of the members of the Continental Army of 1776.

He told the histories of some of them. One was of an enlistee who only enlisted for the minimum time right after July 4, 1776, only to re-enlist later when the spirit of patriotism caught up with him. Another was of a woman at Fort Stanwix who was eight months pregnant during the siege, only to give birth after being wounded. The third was the story of a soldier’s wife who, during another battle later in the war was helping other wives to cook and deliver meals to the men on the battle line.

This talk was inspiring to all present. The National Park Service should be proud to have this historical record at the fort and to have personnel such as Mr. Sawyer to present it to us.

— David N. Kobernuss,

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