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Arkansas commemorates involvment in World War I

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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:43 pm

Arkansas’s participation in World War I will be commemorated throughout May during Arkansas Heritage Month, designated annually by the governor and promoted by The Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH). This year's theme, “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I,” centers on the centennial remembrance of World War I and its effects on Arkansas. Activities and programs are planned across the state.

For a list of Heritage Month events, visit “More than 71,000 Arkansans served their country during World War I,” said Stacy Hurst, DAH director and the state historic preservation officer. “Our communities were greatly affected, making this year a wonderful time to learn about that local history. You can choose from an architectural tour, music programs, an art exhibit and an artifact fair –there are so many exciting programs planned across the state to honor Arkansans’ service in WWI.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee by executive order on March 31, 2016, and appointed members to lead the state's remembrance on the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Through 2018, the committee is encouraging organizations to develop and participate in activities that will expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I. For more information about The Department of Arkansas Heritage, visit To learn more about the impact of the WWI in Arkansas, visit

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