Ceremonies - Independence Day, 1918 - Poland wins award for July Fourth showing. Poland was awarded the first honor, a gold medal presented by the city of New York, for the best showing made in the Fourth of July parade in the city. Every nation represented by floats and marches turned out to show their loyalty to America and a medal was awarded for the greatest demonstration. Mme. Paderewski, head of the Polish White Cross in this country, and members of the Polish Mission who received the medal from Mayor Hylan on the steps of the City Hall are shown