A small Midwestern town celebrates the end of the Great War
In 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allies marked the end of the Great War, which would later become known as World War I. Upon hearing the news, people paraded in the streets to celebrate the historic event.
According to Home Town Rochester: A History of Avon Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan by Deborah Larsen, about 70 men from the Rochester area, including seven from Stoney Creek, left their families and the only home they had ever known to fight overseas in 1917.
When the war ended Nov. 11, 1918, Rochester residents, dressed warmly in coats and hats, marched down Main Street. Some walked waving American flags, while others crammed into horse-drawn wagons and onto cars draped with large flags, turning them into makeshift floats. Young and old sat on car hoods and bumpers to make their way down the street and participate in the celebrations marking the end of the war.
Please take a moment today and every day to remember those who served to protect our freedoms.