America Arrives

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 31/01/2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Charing Cross Station London

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Woodrow Wilson Britain VisitEvery US President measures themselves against Woodrow Wilson, winner of the 1916 election on the promise of keeping the US neutral, but the sheer drain of investment that Wall Street was pouring into the Allied war effort forced his hand.

This walk through the West End, follows the course of the ceremonial carriage ride that President Woodrow Wilson took with King George V in December 1918, after his official welcome at Charing Cross station, through the heart of London’s glamorous West End, to his arrival at Buckingham Palace.

The church bells tolled, cannons boomed, the sky was full of wheeling aircraft, and the streets lined with service personnel, including for the first time, women in uniform.

It was Wilson’s genius to  realise that the Great War was a God-sent opportunity for the United States to take its place at the head of the international community. The US Army as well as Wilson’s declarations of Peace Without Victory and his ‘14 Points‘ gave the US the high moral ground and a lasting pre-eminence in international affairs, overtaking France, Britain, Russia and Germany.

The route takes in the great London sites of Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, the Ritz, Green Park and ends at the railings in front of Buckingham Palace.

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