ROME, N.Y. – Rome Lab is continuing to show patriotism Friday mornings by playing the Star-Spangled Banner over the loudspeakers, even though most employees are not reporting to the site for work.
Only “mission critical” employees are currently allowed at the site.
The reveille, which is a traditional call to assembly for military, plays weekly at the Rome Research Site at 7:45 a.m.
“I am so proud of how our work force has adjusted during these trying times. Working with the local community leaders, we feel we are now postured to continue to contribute significantly to our Nation’s defense.
“For those military, civilian and contractor airmen on-site, for those working remotely, and for the wonderful patriots we have in the local community, we plan to continue playing our reveille song at 0745 every Friday morning.
"Hopefully those that live close to the site will be able to hear it and reflect on how our Nation will be resilient as we all get through this challenge together,” said Col. Timothy Lawrence, commander of the Rome Air Force Research Lab installation.
Coronavirus restrictions have reduced the number of workers at businesses across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers to stay home to limit the spread of coronavirus.