Governor proclaims Nov. 11 as Bells of Peace: WWI Remembrance Day

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

Governor Hutchinson’s proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, nearly 72,000 Arkansans, including more than 18,000 African Americans, served in the armed forces during WWI; and

WHEREAS, more than 2,000 died during their service and more than 1,700 were wounded or injured; and

WHEREAS, the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee was created by Executive Order on March 31, 2016, in order to create a program of remembrance through the Department of Arkansas Heritage; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities in World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11th, 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; and

WHEREAS, the United States WWI Centennial Commission and Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee are calling on citizens to ring bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2018, to remember those who served in the war and to celebrate its ending;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ASA HUTCHINSON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2018, as


across the State and I call on all citizens across the State of Arkansas to toll bells 11 times at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2018, to remember those brave men and women who served in the Great War.

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 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 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.