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What to Do: Veterans Day 2013

(KNWA/FOX24)-- Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th. Here's a look at the activities and events happening around Northwest Arkansas to honor the men and women who have served our country:
(KNWA/FOX24)-- Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th.  Here's a look at the activities and events happening around Northwest Arkansas to honor the men and women who have served our country:


Gary Sinise Will Honor Veterans at Walmart Home Office Celebration

Walmart to announce updated number of veterans hired as part of Welcome Home Commitment
What: In celebration of veterans, the Walmart Home Office will hold a ceremony honoring those who have served their country. The program will feature several veterans who have been hired as part of Walmart's Welcome Home Commitment, which guarantees any veteran who has been honorably discharged in the last 12 months a job.
Who: Mike Duke, Walmart President & CEO
Gary Sinise, Actor and Founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Profit, Walmart Senior Director of Military Programs
Panel of new Walmart veteran hires
Walmart Foundation representatives
142 Fires Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard Color Guard
Walmart Associate Choir
When: 11 a.m. (check-in begins at 10:30)
Where: Walmart Home Office
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716


Arvest Bank Honors Veterans With Fayetteville Reception

Veterans Day event features speaker, choir, color guard
Arvest Bank will honor area veterans with a reception in our Fayetteville Square branch featuring Randy L. George, Retired SGM USARMY KT, 32nd Scottish Rite, Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander of Springdale Post 2952 and Veterans of Foreign Wars District 1 Commander. Jody Bergstrom, founder of Camp Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening military units, personnel and families by connecting them to resources, education and information, and Ron Butler of the Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp. will accept donations. The bank will be open for business and is offering free patriotic debit cards to any veteran from Nov. 11 through Nov. 16.

75 N. East Street, Fayetteville On the Square
Monday, November 11, 2013, 2 p.m. - Reception
Donny Story, CEO/President of Arvest Bank in Fayetteville
Randy L. George, SGM USARMY KT (Ret.), VFW District 1 Commander
Jody Bergstrom, founder of Camp Alliance
Ron Butler, Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp.
St. Joseph's Youth Choir
VFW Post 3031 Color Guard
Area Veterans
Arvest Bank associates

Veteran's Memorial 5K race on Saturday, November 9, 2013, beginning at 8 am at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 S Government Blvd.

The purpose of the race is to raise funds for RNCIC to purchase and clear land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery. The land will then be given to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the National Cemetery can continue to receive veterans for burial.

The proceeds from the 5K race, from sponsors and entry fees, will go a long way in helping the RNCIC to continue to purchase more land necessary to keep the National Cemetery open for new internments. The race will be an exciting event for runners and spectators alike. Sponsors will provide shirts and goodie bags to all runners. Awards and prizes will be presented to the top overall male and female runners and to the top three male and female runners in each age group.

Also, immediately after the race, there will be a presentation by the RNCIC of 2.3 acres of recently acquired land to the VA. Many dignitaries and significant donors to the RNCIC will be present.

Fayetteville VA Hospital hosts Veterns Day Program
November 11th, 2013 at 11:00am.

The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) in Fayetteville, AR will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00AM.
Veterans Day Program to honor the men and women of the military. This commemoration traces its lineage back 95 years, to 1918, when guns fell silent across the battlefields of Europe. Associate Director Keith Neeley will deliver the keynote address, and the Army ROTC cadets will post the colors, and the Fayetteville High School band will provide musical entertainment.

The event will be held at VHSO’s medical center in Fayetteville, in the auditorium of Building 3.
The public is invited to attend.


Fort Smith Museum of History
Veteran's Day Reception
Friday, November 8, 2013
11:00 a. m. - 1:00 p. m.

Join the Fort Smith Museum of History in honoring our veterans. All veterans and their families are invited to share stories and refreshments. View photos, uniforms and memorabilia from past Veteran's Day exhibits and taped interviews with local veterans conducted by the Fort Smith Historical Society. Free. Donations appreciated.

Fort Smith Museum of History
Veteran's Day Parade
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1:30 p. m. at Chaffee Crossing
For the Veteran's Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, November 9 at 1:30 p. m. at Chaffee Crossing, the Fort Smith Museum of History will host a float honoring General William O. Darby and all Fort Smith veterans. Students and faculty from Darby Junior High School designed and built a float, which will feature local veterans.
Fort Smith native William O. Darby founded Darby's Rangers in WWII the predecessor of today's Army Rangers. General Darby's uniforms and artifacts and photographs may be viewed in the William O. Darby Memorial Room at the Museum.
Join the Museum in honoring General Darby and all veterans.


NWACC Plans Veterans Day Ceremony

Col. Daniel Shewmaker Will Be Event's Guest Speaker

The program will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 108 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center. Li McClain will sing the National Anthem. A reception will follow the program, and the public is invited.

Shewmaker, who lives in an unincorporated area just north of Bentonville, represents District 2 on the NWACC Board of Trustees. Shewmaker graduated from Bentonville High School in 1978 after moving here in 1970. He received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1982. After earning his pilot wings at Vance Air Force Base, Lt. Shewmaker flew fighters during two tours at Moody Air Force Base. In 1989 he moved home to Bentonville and joined the Arkansas Air National Guard. He served as the Operations Group Commander with the 188th in Fort Smith and Vice Wing Commander with the 189th at Little Rock Air Force Base. He retired from the military as a colonel in June 2012.
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