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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Welcome Home Heroes

Welcome Home Heroes


Soldiers of the 126th Infantry, Red Arrow Division, march west down Monroe, crossing the intersection of Division Ave. The streets glisten from rain, and the crowds huddled under black umbrellas line both sides of Monroe. Using the magnifier shows observers in the windows of buildings along E. Fulton, at the top of the photo. Those buildings, from left to right are: the Grand Rapids Press, a commercial building, the Grand Rapids Herald, and the Livingston Hotel at the corner. The small section of building on the NE corner, at the far left, is the Wenham Building. American flags fly from buildings, and two British flags adorn the front of the Press building. Streetcar tracks run east up Monroe, and some turn south down S. Division.


Full Details

TitleWelcome Home Heroes

Title by cataloger. The photograph appears to have been taken from the second floor of Peck Brothers Drug Store. The photo's title comes from signs in the crowd that read, "Welcome Home Heroes." Most historic photos of Grand Rapids parades picture Canal St. (lower Monroe) with the parade moving from north to south. 

Newspaper Coverage of the homecoming can be found in the Grand Rapids Press and Herald for May 20 and 21, 1919.

Information about the RedArrow Division in WWI.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionPrivate Collection
Locationlocation on map

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