Alabama SOLDIERS WELCOMED HOME
Soldiers in the 167th Infantry Regiment arrived in New York on April 25, 1919, and spent a couple of weeks at Camp Merritt in Hoboken, New Jersey. On their way to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, they stopped in Alabama towns and cities to enjoy huge celebrations planned by communities. A Birmingham News headline declared the men “Immortal Heroes.” The soldiers certainly looked immortal as they passed through a memorial arch built especially for their return.
In Montgomery, soldiers marched through a similar four-story-high triumphal arch called the Rainbow Arch, marked with the words “Well Done, Alabama’s Own.”