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Bells of Peace: World War I Remembrance Day


Twenty-seven sites around Arkansas will participate in “Bells of Peace: World War I Remembrance Day” on Nov. 11., which marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities in World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Find a site near you. Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on people and organizations around the state to ring bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 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.” Seventy-two thousand Arkansans, including more than 18,000 African Americans, served in the armed forces during WWI. More than 2,000 died during their service and more than 1,700 were wounded or injured. The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee has been working with public and private organizations and citizens around the state to remember the Arkansans who served in the Great War, including the planting of memorial trees in all 75 counties in partnership with the Arkansas Forestry Commission.