Lodi rallies for war bond drive in 1918
This photograph, taken on June 4, 1919, more than seven months after the end of World War I, shows the “For 100% Americans” sign hung under the Lodi Arch spanning Pine Street. The electric sign was first installed in May 1918 during a war bond drive. It was intended to let people know Lodi was united in the American war effort and that “pro-Germans had better stay away.” On the day this photograph was taken, a separate banner saying “Welcome,” visible only from the west side, was placed for a special parade honoring returning veterans.
Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:53 pm
Patriotic pressure to prove loyalty to the American flag was at a height in Lodi in the late spring of 1918.
By April 1918, the United States had been in the fight in World War I for one year with no end yet in sight. Lodi men had joined the ranks of soldiers and sailors shipped off to Europe to fight. The newspaper frequently reprinted their letters from camp, from ships and from the front.
Friday, July 4, 2014 10:53 pm.