SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR VETS DEMONSTRATE WAR SPIRIT
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago this evening, June 2, 1917, a patriotic demonstration was held by the Military Order of the Serpent, United Spanish War Veterans** at Central Music Hall here in the Windy City.
The Chicago Sunday Tribune reported the spirit of the demonstration was "Wake Up America".
General James E. Stuart declared that efforts by "press and pulpit" had failed to instill "the requisite appreciation of the war situation."
The General said America was "on trial before the world."
Other speakers included Colonel George M. Moulton, Major J. M. Stansfield and George F. Lee.
*The Military Order of the Serpent was a sub group of the United Spanish War Veterans. In order to be a member of the M.O.S. a veteran had to be a member of the USWV in good standing. The purpose of the groups was to promote camaraderie & fraternal fellowship among members.
**United Spanish War Veterans was a veterans organization of those who served in the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection & China Relief Expedition.
"Military Orders of the Serpent Collection," by Kev Beyer, January 21, 2007, www.usmilitariaforum.com/
"Spanish Vets Urge America To Wake Up,", The Chicago Sunday Tribune, June 3, 1917.
Military Order of the Serpent Medal