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Arkansans encouraged to 'ring the bells' for end of Great War

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, July 02, 2018

The Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee is calling on people and organizations around the state to ring bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, to celebrate the end of World War I and to remember the millions who fought, suffered and died in what was hoped to be “The War to End All Wars.”

One hundred years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of November, 1918, the armistice that ended the Great War took effect. Some 65,038,810 soldiers of many nations fought in the war, with 8,528,831 dying, 21,189,154 suffering wounds and 7,750,919 missing or taken prisoner. The United States sent 4,355,000 doughboys to war, of whom 116,516 died, 204,002 were wounded and 4,500 were missing or imprisoned. Of them, 71,862 soldiers from Arkansas served, losing 2,183 to combat or disease and 1,751 to wounds or injuries.

Anyone wishing to participate can send the name of their organization and the address at which the memorial bell-ringing will take place to [email protected] and their information will be added to the list at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/events/2018-11-11-bells-of-peace. For more information, send an email to the address above or call (501) 324-9886

For more information on Arkansas’s commemoration of World War I, visit http://www.wwiarkansas.com/ or e-mail [email protected].

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other DAH divisions are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.