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199. President Taft Reviewing Army Parade~1909
Era: 1908-1915   Publisher: Anonymous 

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On Monday, September 20, 1909, the army tournament was inaugurated with a huge parade of troops and equipment in downtown Des Moines. They passed by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on the capitol grounds in front of a reviewing stand filled with many dignitaries, including U.S. President William Howard Taft. A crowd of 75,000 turned out at the monument, where the president made a speech after the parade passed by.

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