Dedication of the temporary Zero milestone marker at start of the 1919 Motor Transport Corps cross-country trip
Washington DC USA Date:1919, July 7 Duration:50 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Location is the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. The occasion is the dedication of a temporary Zero milestone in ceremonies at the start of the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps'so-called "Truck Train," a convoy of military vehicles that is to travel the "Lincoln Highway" across the United States, to San Francisco, California. The ceremony begins with a flag raising, where all stand and uniformed Army officers salute. Congressman Julius Kahn, of California, salutes with his hat over his heart. The temporary marker is covered with white cloth and two wreaths, which officials remove and Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, begins his speech accepting the temporary marker. (A permanent marker needed an act of Congress for approval. So a temporary one was approved to allow the launch of the Army cross-country convoy.) The Washington Monument is visible in the background, as Mr. Baker delivers his remarks.
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