24-hours of events scheduled to honor our veterans | Community Spirit
World War I ended at 11:11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. The following year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the date “Armistice Day” to remember those who died in the war. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all who have served this nation in military service.
This weekend the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation is hosting several Veterans Day activities, beginning with a 24-hour vigil at the Doughboy statue located outside the Craighead County Courthouse in downtown Jonesboro.
Everyone is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day parade which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. According to Marvin Jumper, parade co-chairman, they “expect a huge number of parade participants this year including Jonesboro High School, Valley View Junior High Band, and Westside High Band. We also invite and expect members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guardsmen, as well as all members of the National Guard and Reserve.”
Veterans Day events will conclude Saturday night with a reception and dance at the St. Bernard Auditorium. Tickets are $30 per person at the door.