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Veteran’s Day events scheduled

Fourth- through sixth-grade students at South Side Elementary line up to look like a flag on Patriots Day.
Fourth- through sixth-grade students at South Side Elementary line up to look like a flag on Patriots Day.

Julie Nelson’s sixth-grade class at South Side-Bee Branch Elementary is hosting an annual Veteran’s Day program next week.

Area veterans are invited to join the program, which begins at 8:45 on Nov. 11 in the high school gymnasium.

Nelson’s annual program honors the brave men and women who have served this country.

Also on tap for Veteran’s Day is the Van Buren County Community Band’s performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton High School Auditorium. The band will play many types of music, including patriotic. The band is directed by Dell Holt.

“Join us for a great evening of music celebrating our veterans,” the band’s flier invites. Donations will be accepted.

And just in time for Veteran’s Day, the 3rd annual Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame awards banquet and induction ceremony was held in Little Rock. Fifteen Arkansas military veterans were inducted into the hall of fame and awarded the “Hall of Fame Medallion” recognizing their military service to our nation and to the state of Arkansas.

Among the guests for the Nov. 1 event were U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, Sen. John McCain of Arizona via video, Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General William Wofford and his staff, numerous patriotic organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Combat Veterans, Patriot Guard Riders, United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Conway Firefighters Pipe & Drum.

The Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is based and incorporated in Arkansas whose objective is to publicly emphasize the honor brought to this state and nation by the sacrifice of Arkansas Military Veterans and their families.

The 2013 Class of inductees from this area include:

• Tech 5 Willard L. Blake of Conway who fought in seven European campaigns in World War II with the 2nd Armored Division including the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes. He earned the Purple Heart and six additional decorations including the Bronze Star.

• Maj. Archibald Douglas “Tiger” Odom of Greenbrier who fought in Vietnam as a Special Forces Airborne Ranger earning the Silver Star medal for Gallantry in action, five Bronze Star medals for merit, two Army Commendation medals for valor and two Purple Heart. He continues to serve his country as Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders.

• Col. Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller, deceased, of Petit Jean Mountain who enlisted in the Army, attended Officer Training School and earned two awards of the Bronze Star medal and the Purple Heart while serving in the Pacific as an Infantry Company Commander with the 77th Infantry Division in WWII. He also served two terms as governor of Arkansas.

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