Military dance in Bel Air honored war efforts

harford history

December 28, 2008

Just after the end of World War I, to honor all the men and women participating in the war effort, a Christmas Military Dance was held Dec. 28, 1918, at the Bel Air Armory. The festivities were organized by the ladies connected with the Service Club of Harford County for Soldiers and the personnel of the local chapter of the American Red Cross (which had been officially formed the previous year). The Edgewood Arsenal Band furnished the music for the festive evening. "All are expected to come and enter into the holiday spirit and show their appreciation of the dawning of peace," wrote the Aegis newspaper.

Source; The Aegis, Dec. 27, 1918.

Compiled by the staff of the Harford County Public Library

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