Washington DC USA Date:1918, November 11 Duration:2 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Crowds turn out in the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC, to celebrate the armistice bringing an end to World War I. People waving American flags and expressing joy, fill Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. View from a car moving along street, showing cheering crowds everywhere. Scene shifts to White House, as President Woodrow Wilson, walks from the doorway to his waiting Pierce Arrow limosine, bearing license plate number 80 002. A Secret Service agent steps onto the running board, momentarily, and then the car proceeds. The next scene shows the President's car departing from the grounds of the Capitol, with a Secret Service agent riding the running board and two others running alongside in the roadway. The crowd at the capitol begins to disperse. U.S. soldiers form a snaking line and march, holding on to each other's shoulders, led by a flamboyant negro celebrant, acting as drum major, who struts at the head of the line, proceeding in front of a trolley car, on Pennsylvania avenue. A soldier attempts to push the flamboyant man off of the parade route, but he perseveres in leading the parade. Another trolley car passes close to them as it moves in the opposite direction. Next, President Wilson is seen at the West Wing gate of the White house, conversing with Attorney General,Thomas Watt Gregory. A U.S. Army brass band marches past, followed by marching units of sailors, and Salvation Army women. A float with flags and representatives of Allied countries, is seen next in the parade. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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