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Virtual Lecture: History of Newport News’s Victory Arch

November 12, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Presented by: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
FREE. Advance registration is required.
Join us for a virtual lecture with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, when he presents the story about a city landmark and its significance to the locals who served in the American armed forces during both World Wars.
Viewers are welcome to send John any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer following his talk.
About the presentation:
Newport News had played a tremendous role in supporting the Allied World War I victory. The Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation sent and received hundreds of thousands of American soldiers to and from the Western Front. The Newport News Welcome Home Committee decided to construct a Victory Arch in downtown Newport News in honor of those returning soldiers. The arch, featuring the inscription, “Greetings with love to those who return; a triumph with tears to those who sleep,” welcomed home more than 400,000 men during WWI and even more during the second World War. The arch still stands as a memorial to those soldiers who served our nation in times of need.

Hampton Roads History Lecture:
History of Newport News’s
Victory Arch
Friday, November 12, 2021 • 12 PM (EST)

Image credit: Parade through the Newport News Victory Arch. E.P. (Ellis Parker) Griffith, photographer. The Mariners’ Museum MS0228-01–0465

John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein
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November 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222