World War I began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the “World War” or the “Great War.”
More than nine million combatants were killed. It was fought mostly by soldiers in trenches. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with 20 million wounded, and 10 million military deaths.
When WW I ended, Shakopee was one of many towns that had a celebration. It was a huge event, and many people participated. The homecoming parade for World War I soldiers, marines, sailors, and nurses was held on October 4, 1919.
The celebration started with a huge parade that included veterans, organizations, commercial floats, and four bands. The parade was followed by a concert at Riverside Park and a ball game. Dancing at Dawson’s Hall and Berens’ Hall followed into the early hours on Sunday, October 5, 1919.
(Part of this information from Shakopee Scrapbook by Michael, Patricia, and Joseph Huber, and available from the Shakopee Heritage Society.)