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Peace at Last!

perfection3The Summit Herald of November 15, 1918 reported that the people of Summit celebrated the real Armistice on the 11th, still having plenty of enthusiasm left over from the premature announcement the week before. Shortly after midnight, whistles began blowing. There was a lull, and sometime after 3:00 AM, there was a non-stop chorus of whistles and bells which lasted past daybreak. Some residents went to be with the crowds in Newark or New York, but most remained to join in the huge parade in the afternoon, led by the Mayor, and followed by members of the S.A.R., the Municipal Band, schoolchildren, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, all of the city's fire trucks, and more than a hundred wagons and automobiles.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gow received word of the death of their son, Second Lieutenant Kenneth Gow, in action on October 18. Lt. Gow, serving in the 107th Machine Gun Company, was struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel and died instantly. Official notification came of the deaths in September of two other Summit men in the Machine Gun Company: Nicholas J. Kelly and John J. Mallay.

A reception was given for Col. H.H. Hirayama, head of the delegation of the Japanese YMCA to the Allied Forces. It was held in Nippon Hall, and catered by Summit resident Mr. Kishiro Kanzaki. The hall was decorated with Japanese and American flags. A member of the delegation sang several Japanese songs, and two of Mr. Kanazaki's children sang "America". On Sunday, the day before the reception, Col. Hirayama participated in a special baptismal service at Calvary Church, and served as godfather to the four Kanazaki children: Naoki, Sakiko, George, and Lincoln.

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