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National Park - The Drill Field
of sign - Mammoth Hot Springs area historic section at Yellowstone National
taken June 2008
The Drill Field
place, site of ceremonies and parades, training ground - the drill
field was the focal point of daily life at Fort Yellowstone.
day began early with a bugler sounding Reveille. Gradually,
the fort came to life and another bugle call brought horse-
soldiers trotting onto the field for the flag raising.
Assignments were announced, and troopers headed out to patrol
Hot Spring Terraces or other nearby attractions.
remaining behind assumed the never-ending task of caring for the
dusk, the bugler called all troops back to the field for the
lowering of the flag, and the day was concluded with a cannon
the top of Capitol Hill (left). Taps was played as
lights winked out and quiet settled over the Fort.
on the sign
to the text there is a picture of soldiers firing of a salute gun, Capitol
Hill, July 4, 1916 and a small photo from 1911 of
participating in a horse drill with other troopers waiting their turn
applauding the success of their comrades.
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