Veterans Day is honored on November 11th because it marks the end of the Great War, and this Veterans Day will be mark 100 years when the last shot was fired on November 11th, 1918 at the 11th hour. My home town of Hoboken, New Jersey was the port that nearly all the soldiers would pass through both on their way to fight, and home from, the Great War. “The war to end all wars”, as it was coined when WWI started in 1914. Approximately two million American servicemen passed through Hoboken between the spring of 1917 and the fall of 1918 when the United States entered the war. “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken” became the national rallying cry for all the boys that they be home by Christmas of 1917. However, the war actually did not end until November 11th of 1918.
I took these images to help remember the spirit of the boys is still with us, and I believe still roaming the cobblestone streets of Hoboken. The photos were shot in some of the oldest parts of Hoboken that existed back in 1918. They were taken at the train station, the ferry terminal and in the alleys to help us imagine how it must have looked, and how it felt a hundred years ago as hese brave boys were getting ready to ship off, some to never come back home. My hope is that these photos help us all imagine the courage it must have taken these brave young men to leave home and fight in the First World War.
Photos were taken by Helen McGuire Photographie