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Page Eighteen THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1927 i i t The Le lon Goes Home I i.I ....................... I ary Force, like the first, has passed into history, and, like the first, it marked an epoch in the existence of two nations. The Paris dailies spoke of the gathering as the return of men to the place of their birth, and so it was, for the Legion was born in The second American Expedition- to call attention to their share in the victory. There was none of the vaunting "who won the war, but as friends and allies, as men who, as- sociated in one grand enterprise with a common end, had shed their blood together, they marched through those Paris streets, and loud and clear Paris. It was a return which found the answer from the American reinvigorated and reinforced that throats "Vivi la France!" It was a friendship which France has preserv- cry that came from their hearts, and ed through all the passing years. The it was that fine ideal of association St~ars and Stripes truly said that it and union that did so much to make had increased and deepened Amer- the convention a success and draw ica's love for France, and had arous- close to one another the two great ed, at the Same time, a stronger loy- alty to our own country, a greater devotion to the Legion and its prin- ciples--the inculcation of a sense of individual responsibility and obliga- tion to one's community and nation. the promotion and preservation of peace and good will throughout the world. Those things were the chief result of the pilgrimage of the vete- rans of a great war. There was no more noticeable fea- ture than the exemplary behavior of the legionnaires. Not only was there an entire absence of the disorders and tumult which so many feared might ~isturb our cordial France- American relations, but the tradition- al friendship has been so strength- ened that it will be difficult for any future contingency to disrupt it. Nothing could have been more whole- souled and cordial than the reception ~by the French people, nothing more pleasing than their treatment of their visitors could have been wished for. An example came on a raw and rainy morning when a thousand Pennsyl- vanians landed at Le Havre and were addressed by the mayor at six o'clock in the morn~ing as they waitedto board a special train for Paris. On every side, in every section of the country, the people turned out eager- ly to cheer and welcome the legion- naires, whose conduct in France tes- tified more strongly to the apprecia- tion of it all than Che empty phrases of an essayist can possibly convey. republics of the world, making them one in feeling and in soul. There was the common rejoicing in the hard won victory, and there was due recogni- tion, umnarred by any tendency to assert invidious comparisons, of the part that each had played. It was no~ all confined to Paris, it was manifested in every section of the land. Around Verdun and throughout the Meuse-Argonne pla- cards gleamed on every wail and po~t. "Meusiens," they proclaimed "Here are cur brothers in arms. the Americans. Crossing vast territories and ~hat immense ocean where Nun- gesser and Cell sleep, 23.000 legion- naires with 8,000 of their friends come ~o the soil of France. Welcome them." The response was more than genero u~. I Back to the rest areas and all the'in this era of federalism, the States. old Service of Supply went thousands Day after day men and women of men with their auxiliaries, wives, thronged the low, rambling shack and mothers and sister~ to revisit the vil- packed its seven rooms in search of lages and to renew the old associa- creature comforts that had brought tions with the peopbe. Ol~ and young, such solace in days long past. Per- the new generatior~ since the war with haps of all that work there the most the rest, joined in a hearty welcome noticeable was done by the Knights, to the men of alien tongue and race the "Caseys" who kept coming, as who were and are., withal, allies, as- they had always done, and who con- sociates and friends. It was a great day for the villages when les Ameri- Wesson's Pie cains came and uite as nop great for those returned, to and leave so soon with memories streng-I bakery thened and reft~e~hced for many years I to come. WHOLESAL~ This year, as in 1918 the men were accompanied by ~heir welfare RETAIL organization, the Red Cross, the Sal-l vation Army" and the K:ights ofI Pies, Pastries and Columbus; and , as during t':e ," " / Bread the "SaRies" hati doughnuts in plenty[ and steaming, honest-to-goodness American coffee. Day after day in[ The Only Exclusive Pie Shop the hut along Cents L~ Reine long in the City lines waited p~tiently for the remind- PHONE 2-1241 ers of 1918 and tha~ land across the sea, ended, :~i:razrige}y anough, even JEWELER !il WEST FIFTH STREET BOYLE BUILOING LITTLE RQCK,ARKANSA~ l It was no vainglorious or boastful gathering, that pilgrimage. Rather was the underlying spirit one of hu- raility and of gratitude that, in the end, success had been theirs, and that those who had had a part in bringing about the ultimate victory should have been allowed to return once more to meet again their com- rades of that war. They came, as General Pershing said, messengers bringing the friendship of America across the seas, and ~hey were receiv- ed with a great joy and acclaimed with an emotion which was obviously unaffected and deep. The big parade on Monday, the opening day, was a revelation of what was soon to come. Starting from the foot of the Washington s-tu- que in the Place d' Iena and passing through the great arch went a seem- Jngly endless line of American vete- rans to lay flowers of red and white and blue on the tomb of that French- man who gave all that he had for France and the peace of the world, 1 and whose name is known to God alone. There were men from North, South, East and West, from every state of the union, from foreign COMMERCIAL SIGNS OUTDOOR PUBLICITY TELEPHONE 5082 311 WEST SECOND STREET B1 LITTLE ROCK STEAM lands, marching between banked masses of the French who lined the way from start to finish over every foot of a route fully five miles long. With the marchers went units from the French military societies, the blessed the lame, the halt, and the blind hobbling and struggling as best ~hey could to keep ~breast of the vig- orous, active men who had crossed ,the ocean in France's hour of dark- hess. It was inspiring. It was en- mobling. F~llcwiag the flay hussars with ~'h~a~ng horn~ and helmets came men from F~orida gaily bedecked, their splendid bands crashing out the mili- tary music familiar to every Ameri- can eat, mad after them the several units in the order of increase of Le- gion membership. W~th each went a ~reneh officer, a decorated veteran, as guide and special guard of honor, while solid lines of French infantry, clad in the faded horizon-blue of the poilu, guarded the entire route with fixed bayonets. At every step cheers and applause came from the civilian onlooker= who crowded the line of march. 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