In this week’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we look back into some of our most patriotic moments in history, courtesy of the Wayne County Historical Society.
Shown here is a picture of a World War I welcome home parade in Hawley.
In Hawley, the end of World War I was commemorated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1919, and the parade was known to be one of the town’s largest patriotic celebrations to date. The parade honored 47 soldiers, six sailors and five officers who were in the procession.
According to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, more than 324,000 Pennsylvanians served in the Army and more than 45,000 in the Navy and Marine Corps. Soldiers from the Keystone State suffered more than 10,000 combat deaths and more than 26,000 wounded.
The welcome home parade was a representation of the passion and honor Hawley’s residents had for their troops and their country. The same sense of pride remains alive in Hawley today.