Mu­seum to host Vet­er­ans Day ser­vice

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GRAVETTE — Mem­bers of the Gravette his­tor­i­cal mu­seum com­mis­sion are plan­ning a Vet­er­ans Day ser­vice Sun­day, Nov. 11, to com­mem­o­rate the 100th year ob­ser­vance of the ar­mistice at the end of World War I. The ar­mistice was signed at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918.

The ser­vice is also de­signed to honor the mem­ory of Cap­tain Field E. Kind­ley, a Ben­ton County boy who grew up in his un­cle A.E. Kind­ley’s home in Gravette and at­tended Gravette schools. Kind­ley was the fourth-rank­ing air ace in World War I and was called the “Aerial Knight of the Ozarks.” While fly­ing a Sop­with Camel bi­plane in World War I, he downed 12 Ger­man air­craft be­tween June 26, 2018, and Oct. 28, 2018.

Kind­ley died in a tragic crash Feb. 1, 1920, dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. His body was re­turned to Gravette for his fu­neral, the most elab­o­rate ever seen in Gravette. Fu­neral ser­vices be­gan on the lawn of the Kind­ley home (now the Gravette his­tor­i­cal mu­seum) and a long pro­ces­sion of fam­ily, mil­i­tary honor guards­men, towns­peo­ple and school chil­dren walked from there to Hill­crest Cemetery. Kind­ley is buried in the fam­ily plot there.

Ser­vices will be­gin at 2:30 p.m. at Hill­crest Cemetery. Mem­bers of the John E. Tracy Amer­i­can Le­gion Post will par­tic­i­pate and lower the flag to half-staff. State sen­a­tor Col. Jim Hen­dren, of Sul­phur Springs, will be the speaker. Hen­dren is an Air Force vet­eran and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Mis­souri Air Na­tional Guard.

A group of men, headed by Sgt. 1st class Bobby Martin, will at­tend from the Siloam Springs ar­mory. Th­ese men are mem­bers of Bravo Bat­tery, 2nd bat­tal­ion, of the 142nd field artillery, the same bat­tal­ion which marched at Kind­ley’s fu­neral, and will serve as the honor guard. A mem­ber of the Gravette High School band will play “Taps.”

An open house and re­cep­tion will be held fol­low­ing the ser­vice at the mu­seum, 503 Char­lotte Street S.E. Re­fresh­ments will be served.

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