THIS DAY IN 1918 IN THERECORD

The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - -- Kevin Gil­bert

Fri­day, June 14, 1918. “The significance of the Stars and Stripes and what they stand for was ably demon­strated to­day by an out­pour­ing of the pub­lic such as has not been wit­nessed on Flag day in many years past,” The Record re­ports. This is the sec­ond Flag Day ob­ser­vance since the U.S. de­clared war on Germany in April 1917. Amer­i­can forces are en­gaged in heavy fight­ing in France, and lo­cal ca­su­al­ties are be­ing re­ported more fre­quently. To­day’s pa­per re­ports the death on June 5 of Sergeant Daniel Vin­cent Le­na­han of Lans­ing­burgh. Along with fel­low mem­bers of the Mochus Club, Le­na­han en­listed of April 8, 1917, two days af­ter the U.S. dec­la­ra­tion of war. He was one of the first Amer­i­cans to cross the At­lantic with Gen­eral John J. Per­sh­ing’s di­vi­sion that May. Le­na­han’s par­ents, who live at 790 Sec­ond Av­enue, were no­ti­fied of his death by the ad­ju­tant gen­eral’s office yes­ter­day. While the Le­na­hans mourn, “All res­i­dents hav­ing flags dis­played them dur­ing the day and many blocks through­out the res­i­den­tial sec­tions of the city were cov­ered with the na­tional col­ors, res­i­dents vy­ing with one an­other in the dis­play of pa­tri­otic sen­ti­ment for the day set apart to honor the flag which has stood for free­dom and democ­racy since the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.” So many peo­ple go to Al­bany for the big pa­rade that “the streets of the city were al­most empty dur­ing the af­ter­noon.” Cluett, Pe­abody closes early so its workers can see the spec­ta­cle.

Hop­ing not to be out­done, Water­vliet tonight holds “the great­est demon­stra­tion in the his­tory of the city; one that proves the will­ing­ness of its cit­i­zens to do their level best to win the war; one that will live in the mem­ory for many years to come.”

An es­ti­mated 5,000 peo­ple march or ride in the Water­vliet pa­rade, which also fea­tures “a score of floats bear­ing im­per­son­ations of ev­ery char­ac­ter prom­i­nent in the his­tory of this coun­try, with a mul­ti­tude of in­ge­nious de­vices sel­dom seen in such a pa­rade.”

The high­lights of the day in Troy are a flag rais­ing at Troy High School hon­or­ing the 243 grad­u­ates now serv­ing in the U.S. mil­i­tary and the Red Cross car­ni­val in front of St. Pa­trick’s Church on Sixth Av­enue.

“The whole street was ablaze with elec­tric lights and strung across the street were Ja­panese lanterns and flags and pen­nants,” our re­porter writes. Noller’s Band per­forms out­side the church en­trance while hun­dreds of cou­ples dance the night away be­tween Douw Street and In­galls Av­enue. Or­ga­niz­ers raise ap­prox­i­mately $800 (equiv­a­lent to more than $13,000 in 2018 money) from ice cream and cake sales and other con­ces­sions.

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