During World War I, the War Department established major embarkation stations in Hampton Roads to send troops and supplies to Europe. In Northern Virginia, the Marines started building their base at Quantico and the War Department began the precursor to Fort Belvoir.
In the Shenandoah Valley, the Quartermaster Depot created a remount station to ship horses to Europe.
Newport News was a major port of embarkation to Europe, and for return of the troops, during World War I
Source: Boston Public Library, Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection, Victory Arch, Newport News, Virginia