Cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion set for Armistice Day

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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended. This Sun­day, the cen­ten­nial an­niver­sary of the event, a trib­ute will be held in Hot Springs.

Hosted by the Arkansas Hospice Foun­da­tion and Gross Fu­neral Home of Hot Springs, the event will start with the ring­ing of the bell in front of the fu­neral home. David Ed­wards, of Arkansas Hospice, said they are hop­ing the lo­cal churches in

Hot Springs will join in on the trib­ute and also ring their bells at 11 a.m.

“We would love to have all the lo­cal churches ring their bell to cel­e­brate the bless­ing of free­dom,” Ed­wards said.

Fol­low­ing the ring­ing of the bells, there will be a cer­e­mony. Ed­wards said be­cause of the pos­si­bil­ity of rainy and cold weather, the cer­e­mony will be held in­doors in the chapel of the fu­neral home be­gin­ning at 12:30 p.m.

The key­note speaker at the cer­e­mony will be Col. Natha­nial “Nate” Todd, di­rec­tor of the Arkansas Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. The event will also fea­ture a color guard, mu­sic by Marc Bre­mer, and mil­i­tary hero David El­more will lead the Pledge of Al­le­giance.

Ed­wards said the rea­son for the event is to both ed­u­cate peo­ple about the war, and to honor all vet­er­ans.

“Some gave a lot and some gave all to al­low us to cel­e­brate this (event),” Ed­wards said.

All vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies, as well as the pub­lic, are en­cour­aged to at­tend the event, which is ex­pected to last about an hour. Fin­ger sand­wiches will be served.

Fol­low­ing the event, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both the fu­neral home and Arkansas Hospice will be avail­able for ques­tions.

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