Belgian WWI photo exhibit on display at CalVet Headquarters

If you’re a World War I buff, you may want to make time to view the photo exhibit on display at CalVet Headquarters through May 1.

The exhibit includes photographs and descriptions of the epic and one-of-a-kind story of the Belgian Expeditionary Corps of Armored Cars, a military unit that received a hero’s welcome in Sacramento and other American cities in 1918 while working it’s way across the globe to get home.

The exhibit is on loan from the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles.


Henri Vantieghem, Consul General of Belgium was in Sacramento to kick off the exhibit.

The Belgian Expeditionary Corps of Armored Cars was a military division formed by Belgian volunteers, and sent to Russia at the request of the Tsar to fight the German Army on the Eastern front. It distinguished itself in battle in Galicia in 1915, yet after the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 the corps found itself in hostile territory. After an epic journey that took them through Siberia and China, they reached the safety of the United States. Here, they were celebrated as war heroes in May and June of 1918, with major military parades in Sacramento, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Niagara and New York.

The exhibit runs through May 1 at the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Medal of Honor Hall, 1227 O Street, Sacramento. Visitors may drop by between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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