Local Veterans Day events (The News)
Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1938 to honor all military veterans. Though it is a special day to honor veterans, everyone is invited to take part in observing through several special events in the community.
American Legion Post 344 Commander Jim Rubright elaborated on the history of Veterans Day. “It was originally established as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of what was known as The Great War, the War to End All Wars and the War in Europe. In 1930 it was given the name World War I since the second World War had begun to expand globally. On November 11, 1919, one year after the end of the war, the first Armistice Day was observed by nations around the world to honor all veterans who served. After the end of World War II the name was changed from Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I, to Veterans Day in order to honor the service of all veterans.”
The date and time traditionally known as 11-11-11 represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh month at 11 a.m. “This was the agreed upon date and time of the Armistice in 1918,” said Rubright.
In Horseshoe Bend, all veterans, non-veterans and community residents are invited to attend a ceremony Monday, Nov. 11 at Veteran’s Park at 11 a.m.
In Salem, VFW Post 9777 will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the Post on Nov. 11, located on Hwy. 395 North, beginning at 11 a.m. The Veterans Support Association will also hold a ceremony on Monday at Southfork River Therapy and Living at 10 a.m. for veterans in the facility.
Calico Rock Museum is hosting a week full of events to honor veterans beginning Saturday, Nov. 9. “Honor the Veterans Week” begins with a Veterans Day 50/50 Poke Ride run, sponsored by Iron Horse Disciples of Mountain Home. Sign up for the ride begins at 10 a.m. The Poker Ride is from Calico Rock to Mountain View, then to Melbourne and back to Calico Rock. This route is 59 miles long or about one hour and 30 minutes. Stands will be kicked up at 11 a.m. and riders should return around 2 p.m. Cards are $15 per rider, $10 per passenger and $5 for each additional card. High Hand winner takes the 50/50 pot. Low Hand wins the “Boobie Prize”. All entrants are welcome to join the door prize drawing.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 14, veterans are invited to share their stories, which will be recorded and submitted to the Library of Congress, beginning at 9 a.m. Also on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. a POW/MIA Empty Table Presentation, sponsored by the Cotter American Legion, will be held. On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. a certified military dog training demonstration will be held. A flag folding demonstration will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. by the Calico Rock VFW Auxiliary. The week long events end on Saturday, Nov. 16 with the rededication of the New Memorial Park at the Calico Rock VFW, located at 401 Park Street, at 10 a.m. A reception will be held following the events.
“Each day, view the Wall of Honor with veterans’ photos and stories. There will also be booths. Professional Veterans Assistance will also be available daily,” said a press release from the museum. The Calico Rock Museum is at 104 Main Street (Route 5 at the White River Bridge) in Calico Rock. Event hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To reserve a time for the Library of Congress interview or to sign up for the Poker Run, call the Museum at 870-297-6100. For more information about these events and more, visit the museum website at http://www.calicorockmuseum.com/events.html.