St Louis own 138th Infantry Regiment returns from World War I with a parade through the city on May 9, 1919. The formation is marching south on 12th Street (now Tucker Boulevard) at Olive Street. Just out of view to the left was the Union Electric Co. Building, where organizers of the American Legion were holding their first meeting on the same day. The city had erected the pillars to make 12th street a “hall of honor” for veterans returning from the Great War. (The 138th contained units from the Jefferson City Area.)



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