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Groups across state to participate in 'Bells for Peace' on Nov. 11

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Friday, October 26, 2018

Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Nov. 11, 2018, as “Bells of Peace: World War I Remembrance Day.” 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, 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.”

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.

The following organizations have already registered to participate:

  • Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. 9th St., Little Rock
  • Friends of the West Fork Library, Library Hall, 210 Garfield, West Fork
  • Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Shiloh Meeting Hall, 121 W. Huntsville Ave., Springdale
  • Dean B. Ellis Library, 322 University Loop State University, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
  • Faulkner County Museum, 801 Locust Street/Courthouse Square, Conway
  • Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 Fairview Street, Malvern
  • Jacksonville Museum of Military History and Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville
  • Rick Steele, 2924 Balding Road, Traskwood
  • Searcy County Veterans Memorial Association, 108 Noah Horton Memorial Drive, Marshall
  • First Baptist Church, 200 Stewart Street, Rector
  • Perryville United Methodist Church Bell Choir, 123 Cross St., Perryville
  • Provincia de La Sal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 21941 Interstate 30 S, Bryant
  • Arkansas Sabbath Fellowship, 21941 Interstate 30 S, Bryant
  • Peace Lutheran Church, 800 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway
  • Elks Lodge #781, 124 Elks Drive, Mena
  • South Cross Roads Church, 249 Lone Star Rd., Hopewell community, Rose Bud
  • First Presbyterian Church, 302 North 4th St., McGehee
  • First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Pine Street, Arkadelphia
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, McCollum-Chidester House Museum, 926 Washington St., Camden
  • Grand Prairie Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, John B. and Margaret Moore Jacobs Park and Museum National Historic Site, 500 N. Main Street, Clarendon
  • Saline Missionary Baptist Church, 8210 N Main Street, Tull
  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th Street, Little Rock

For more information, send an email to the address above or call (501) 324-9886.

Nov. 11, 2018, 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. 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.

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.