The Centralia Tragedy of 1919
The events that occurred in Centralia on the nation's second Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, came to be known as The Centralia Massacre. The intensely emotional post-WWI conflict is now more appropriately acknowledged as the "Centralia Tragedy." It was on that day a sequence of events unfolded that would result in four American Legionnaires and one labor union activist dead, a dozen or more wounded, towns and families divided, and a sense of community shame that would grow and prosper as the decades passed.
Nov 2, 2009