Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Armistice Day Parade - 1940

75 years ago there was a parade on Gay Street, celebrating the 22nd year of peace. Back then they called it the Great War, or the World War. No numbers after it. They were celebrating Armistice Day. Today we celebrate Veterans Day.

It was a rainy day in 1940 but people came to participate and to watch.

Knoxville News Sentinel - November 11, 1940

The newspaper images are grainy and blurred.  I made this composite of the women pictured above from UT's annual.

1941 Volunteer
from University of Tennessee Library

It was a day to honor those service members then, as it is today.

Thank you, veterans.  Thank you.

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