View of the Past: Welcome Home Celebration for World War I veterans in downtown O’Fallon

This week’s view was taken in O’Fallon in 1919, looking north up Lincoln Avenue from First Street.  The downtown area was all decked out for the welcome home celebration for World War I veterans held on Labor Day, Sept. 1, of that year.  Professional decorators from St. Louis were even brought in to make sure things looked just right.  Featured were two parades, plenty of food, music, dancing, movies and vaudeville acts with over 100 veterans as guests of honor.  7,000 others joined them in what was the biggest celebration ever in O’Fallon up to that time.    

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)