Welcome “Home." While the end of fighting on November 11, 1918 brought joy and relief, negotiations continued until the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the summer of 1919.
The process of coming home required many adjustments in terms of jobs, homes, and integrating back into a shifting peacetime environment. There was a large “Welcome Home” parade in September of 1919 in Poughkeepsie, and other smaller parades in the city of Beacon and towns and villages. Every man in the county who served was awarded a service medal and Beacon offered one for their “boys.”
The 2 million men and women returning to US soil were stepping onto shifting sands. Two constitutional amendments were coming to fruition.
One expanded rights, bringing the long fight for women’s suffrage to a successful conclusion.
The other restricted Americans' rights to intoxicating liquor, a process kicked off by the Senate in December 1919, but rooted in the 19th century. The Prohibition Amendment was approved in January 1919 and would go into effect January 1920.