Steck sounds “Taps” on 11th day at 11th hour

WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski

LaPorte’s own Chuck Steck was among trumpet players and buglers around the world who honored those who served and fell in World War I on Nov. 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. At precisely 11 a.m. (to coincide with signing of the armistice), Steck played “Taps” at the World War I monument in Soldiers Memorial Park. Some 30 people gathered for his tribute on the bitter cold but bright morning.

Fifteen LaPorte soldiers died in World War I; their names are on a plaque attached to a large stone at the Soldiers Memorial Park site: Harry A. Backus, John W. Burns, Chester L. Coplin, Hamon Gray, John E. Hawn, William L. Hubner, John E. Hunt, Chester S. Kiff, George Luebker, John C. Naill, Louis E. New, Roy E. Newell, Norman L. Roberts, Albert E. Swanson, and Hugh S. Woodard.

Steck is part of a group of musicians known as “Taps for Veterans: Sounds of Remembrance 1918–2018,” which organized the worldwide tributes.

Steck had one more stop after the Soldiers Park event: he went to Pine Lake Cemetery to play “Taps” for his dad, a World War II veteran (last photo above).

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