His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Seeks In­for­ma­tion, Pho­tos

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

The McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will rec­og­nize and honor McDon­ald County vet­er­ans dur­ing a spe­cial can­dle­light­ing cer­e­mony on Nov. 11. Or­ga­niz­ers need help, how­ever, in se­cur­ing pho­tos and in­for­ma­tion to cre­ate the unique pro­gram.

The pro­gram, which will be­gin at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 11, will take place at the Pineville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

The so­ci­ety hopes the cer­e­mony will high­light the sac­ri­fices made by 17 vet­er­ans who gave their lives dur­ing World War I, said His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Karen Dobbs.

Vol­un­teers thought the idea for the can­dle­light­ing dur­ing the cer­e­mony would

be es­pe­cially touch­ing for those at­tend­ing.

“We had ob­served the can­dle­light­ing in a mil­i­tary cer­e­mony and de­cided to in­te­grate that in our pro­gram. We thought it would be very mean­ing­ful and show re­spect and honor for our vet­er­ans,” Dobbs said.

Or­ga­niz­ers held a pro­gram last year and wanted to ex­pand it this year, she said. With the an­niver­sary of World War I, vol­un­teers wanted to high­light vet­er­ans and the sac­ri­fices they made.

“We in­vite all vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies to at­tend as we show our re­spect and grat­i­tude. The year 2018 is the cen­ten­nial of the end of World War I and, as part of our Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram, we will join Amer­i­cans across the coun­try in re­mem­brance of those who served and sac­ri­ficed,” Dobbs said.

More than four mil­lion Amer­i­can fam­i­lies sent their sons and daugh­ters to serve in uni­form dur­ing the Great War, Dobbs said.

The statis­tics are stag­ger­ing: 116,516 U.S. sol­diers died from com­bat and dis­ease. An­other 200,000 were wounded, a ca­su­alty rate far greater than in World War II, she added.

In McDon­ald County, more than 382 sol­diers an­swered the call to ser­vice.

Of those, 17 sol­diers from the county sac­ri­ficed their lives dur­ing World War I, Dobbs said.

Or­ga­niz­ers want to con­tact any fam­ily mem­bers of these 17 sol­diers: Wal­ter Bald­win, Good­man; Basil W. Brown, Pineville; Clancey E. Bunch, Pineville; Ray­mond M. Car­ney, An­der­son; Wil­liam P. Cover, An­der­son; Everette A. Crispin, Noel; James O. Emery, Pineville; Al­bert B. Hack­ney, Pineville; Al­bert Hop­kins, Rocky Com­fort; Joseph F. Hutchin­son, An­der­son; Mar­ion T. Le­gore, Cy­clone; Vir­gil F. Link, Rocky Com­fort; John L. Mad­den, An­der­son; Clarence Oakes, Noel; Wil­liam D. Pen­der­graft, Jane; Daniel T. Rogers, An­der­son; Charley Sch­nei­der, An­der­son.

Any­one who has pho­tos or in­for­ma­tion of any of the vet­er­ans is asked to con­tact the McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at mc­don­ald­co­his­[email protected] or by call­ing 417-223-7700.

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