IOWANS TO WELCOME RETURNING RAINBOW DIVISION
IOWANS ANXIOUS TO MEET SOLDIERS
Indications Are That Trains Carrying One Hundred and Sixty-Eighth
Regiment Will Cross Iowa Border in Middle of This Week
A special dispatch from Des Moines says: With the troop trains bearing
the One Hundred Sixty-eighth regiment back to the "home folks" now on
their way, the great days of welcome which have been planned for weeks
and looked forward to for many months are almost here. Unless the plans
fail some where, the boys will reach the border of the state Wednesday
and home town demonstrations will take place during Wednesday with the
troop trains reaching Des Moines Wednesday night or early Thursday
morning. This will fix the big celebration day in Des Moines on
Thursday, May 15.
The great feature of the celebration will, of course, be the parade
which under present plans is to take place Thursday afternoon with a
big reception at the coliseum in the evening.
Reports reaching here show that everywhere all along the right of way
of the railroads on which the boys will cross the state on their
journey back to Camp Dodge, the people are eager to pay them homage and
crowds from many parts of the state, particularly southwestern Iowa,
are coming to Des Moines to join in the celebration there.
A great triumphal arch through which the regiment is to march, located
on the mall to the west of the statehouse, has been completed. On its
four pillars it bears the names of the battles in which the One Hundred
Sixty-Eighth acquitted itself so nobly as to win for itself seven
citations as a regiment for distinguished service.
and the Argonne
The decorating of the business effects of the city and of the business
houses, which began more than a week ago, is being completed now that
the day of the homecoming is almost at hand.
The western league baseball season opens here Wednesday and on
Thursday, the day the regiment comes back, all of the men in the
regiment will be accorded places of honor at the baseball game. It is
probable the game will be staged a little late in the afternoon,
following the parade.
Bands are coming from many towns in the state, having offered their
services fee to the entertainment committee in welcoming the returning
The two flags which constitute the regimental standard of the One
Hundred Sixty-Eighth, beautiful new silk emblems, are now ready.
-source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars,
Plymouth Co., Iowa; Friday, 13 May 1919