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Arkansas Soldiers Remembered During Armistice Centennial

The horrors of war and the sacrifice of those who served were remembered when Arkansas State University held its Armistice Centennial Celebration on Sunday.

The event included the playing of traditional taps, and ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse read the names of 38 soldiers from Craighead County who died in World War I. 

History professor Ed Salo said many of the soldiers were young, in their late teens and early 20's.  Some died in combat, and others died from the diseases that were rampant in their quarters.

Bells rang at nearly the exact minute to mark 100 years since the war officially ended on Nov. 11, 1918.  It was well outside the lifespans of everyone present at Sunday's remembrance service in Jonesboro.

Veterans and their supporters attend an Armistice Centennial celebration at Arkansas State University on Veterans Day.

"These commemorations remind people what happened, and that's always important," said Salo. 

As she listened to the bells, Deborah Parsons felt for the soldiers who served a century ago.

The grave site of George Pickett, believed to be the first soldier from Craighead County to die in World War I. His body was moved and buried in Jonesboro in 1922.

"The tragedy, the terror and what they faced when they came back." 

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