Leadership

Gov. Smith Reviews Firemen’s Parade

Issue 5 and Volume 81.

Gov. Smith Reviews Firemen’s Parade About three thousand volunteer firemen including units from Kings and Nassau counties on Long Island. Wilmington, Del., and Newcastle and Philadelphia, Pa., passed in review before Governor Alfred E. Smith as he watched the thirty-seventh annual parade from a stand in front of Borough Hall. Brooklyn. Firemen hauling ancient fire apparatus that were used by their grandfathers were just as proud as those who sat on shiny motor equipment. There were the red shirts, polished fire trumpets and other accessories that are so characteristic of some volunteer fire units. Sixteen bands were in the parade. That meant that the Governor had to hear the strains of “The Sidewalks of New York” that many times. On the grand stand was tied a banner, “For President, Alfred E. Smith.” He refused to talk politics and said: “No politics. This is George Washington’s birthday and Bill Todd’s parade.”…

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