When the Wrights returned
to America in May 1909, they were greeted with the same attention
and adulation that had followed them across Europe. They considered
all the public appearances, awards, and celebrations a distraction
and made it known that they preferred to quietly get back
to work. They would have no say in the matter, however. America
would not be denied honoring the nation’s new favorite
Dayton Welcomes the Wrights Home
The grandest welcome for the brothers was the Wright Brothers’
Home Days Celebration in Dayton, Ohio, on June 17–18,
1909. There were receptions, parades, concerts, and fireworks.
Wilbur and Orville accepted medals from the U.S. Congress,
the state, and the city. Scores of elementary school children
clad in red, white, and blue made up a “living flag”
chorus that closed the ceremony with a song.
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