Time to Remember
Thomaston held a "Welcome Home Celebration" for the "boys and girls" on July 19, 1919. Although it was many months after the armistice, some called it a Victory Parade. The July date ensured time to plan the elaborate parade, warmer weather, and attendance by veterans from Thomaston and other Connecticut towns who had returned home. That the event was so well documented indicates its importance to Thomaston.
The Hartford Courant reported that the parade was a mile in length and featured the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut as the keynote speaker. Factories and stores closed at noon so that all could attend "the greatest event the town has ever held." A banquet and dance in the Opera House for the service men and their invited family and friends followed the parade.