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The Way it Was: 1917 Patriot's Day Parade

La Crosse Normal School students hold a large American flag, followed by local business women, as they marched in a World War I “Patriot’s Day” parade held 100 years ago on April 21, 1917. 

La Crosse Normal School students hold a large American flag, followed by local business women, as they marched in a World War I “Patriot’s Day” parade held 100 years ago on April 21, 1917.

This photo of the parade, which was 75 minutes long and consisted of 5,000 marchers, was taken from Front Street looking east on Pearl Street. All the buildings shown here in the immediate foreground have since been razed and this former section of Pearl Street is now occupied by a walkway between the Radisson Hotel and La Crosse Center.

Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136.

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oldhomey

I would imagine some of the high school boys marching that day were marching into the war as active servicemen a few months later. I hope they got through it alive and unscarred. We tend to forget how terrible and costly World War I was.

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