1919: Welcome home at end of World War I

Arundel History

June 24, 2007

After serving in World War I, local soldiers, Red Cross workers, sailors and Marines were given a warm welcome home by residents of Anne Arundel County on June 26, 1919, with a dinner at the State Armory, followed by a reception and dance held at St. John's College.

Mayor James F. Strange, Judge Robert Moss and Major Hugh R. Brady delivered speeches, and each of the honored guests received a bronze victory metal, The Sun reported the next day. The Naval Academy Band provided the music for the dance. About 400 people attended the event, many of whom fought for the Navy in the war.

The homecoming came two days before the Treaty of Versailles was signed in Germany.

[Source: Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.]

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