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Throwback Thursday - Rochester celebrates the end of The Great War

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(KTTC) -

This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to a 1918 celebration in the streets of Rochester.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, after four long years of fighting, the Allies and Germany signed an armistice that effectively put an end to the Great War, a war that we now refer to as World War One.

Like many cities across the world, Rochester celebrated victory and the war's end.

In this photo from The History Center of Olmsted County, you can see what looks almost like a conga line winding through a downtown Rochester street as they cheer the news of war's end.

A year after this, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th "Armistice Day."

In 1938, it became a legal holiday, and in 1954, President Eisenhower issued the first ever "Veterans Day Proclamation." 

So technically, this is a photo of Rochester's first-ever Veterans Day celebration. 
 

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