Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Great War: June 14, 1917

With the Flag Day Parade last Saturday, the OutHudson Pride Parade coming up this Saturday, and any number of other groups wanting to march down Warren Street for any number of reasons, it sometimes seems that Hudson in 2017 has a glut of parades, but it's nothing compared with Hudson a century ago. In this series about World War I in Hudson, we have so far mentioned the parade on April 14 to welcome Company F back from Orange County, where it was guarding the aqueduct; the Memorial Day parade, the "biggest in many years"; and the parade on June 5 to recruit volunteers for Company F. On Thursday, June 14, the Hudson Evening Register announced yet another parade, to take place the following Saturday.

Hudson is going to have a Wake-up Day parade on Saturday. It will be held in the afternoon, the start being made from the army recruiting office at the K. of C. hall, Warren and Third street.
It is being arranged by Sergeant Bunde, of the United States army. It will leave the corner at 4 o'clock and march up Warren street to Park place and then countermarch down to Front street and back to place of starting. In the marching column will be:
Co. F Fife and Drum corps.
Two flag bearers under armed escort.
Cadets Battalion under arms.
Four troops of Boy Scouts.
Auto of Sheriff Kline, in which will be Sergeant Bunde and two young women in khaki uniforms. A half dozen Boy Scouts will be along side this auto distributing army literature, as will those in the car.
Two banners bearing appropriate inscriptions.
The parade is intended as an advertising medium for the local army recruiting station as well as to stimulate and arouse the interest of the citizens, especially the young men.
In 1917, the Knights of Columbus Hall, where the parade originated and concluded, was located at 301 Warren Street, now the location of Steiner's Sports.


1 comment:

  1. If you consider there was no Internet, no Facebook, and no TV in 1917.... It's time for one of our brilliant young writers to imagine modern Hudson without that stuff....