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100 years ago in Spokane: Two bridges renamed in honor of Veterans Day

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 10, 2020

 (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives )
(Spokane Daily Chronicle archives )
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Armistice Day (now called Veterans Day) began on a solemn note with the renaming of two bridges.

The new county bridge over the Spokane River at Millwood was formally dedicated as the Argonne Bridge, in memory of local soldiers who died at Argonne and other battles in the European war.

The Riverside Avenue bridge over Latah Creek was dedicated as the Marne Bridge, in memory of another bloody battle.

Bronze plaques on the bridge proclaim that name today.

“The red has been washed from the stream, and the water flows under the bridges of the Marne, a living emblem of the hosts who died for us,” the commander of the Spokane post of the American Legion said as he dedicated the bridge.

Meanwhile, thousands of veterans paraded through the downtown streets in the early afternoon as “Flowers were strewn in their path and the crowds voiced their enthusiasm with cheers.”

The parade included a somber reminder of the war’s price: Several automobiles “loaded with wounded and disabled boys” rolled behind the marchers.

Soldiers who were recovering in various local hospitals were taken to the Davenport Hotel for a special luncheon and concert.

The Chronicle was an afternoon paper, so it went to press before the nighttime revelry began. Check this column tomorrow to see how the booze-filled partying got way out of hand. Suffice to say that the Roaring ’20s were getting off to a roaring start.

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