Submitted photo VETERANS DAY FLAGS: Baseline-Meridian Chapter USD 1812 President Mary Ellen Laursen, left, and Sheila Beatty, USD 1812 honorary state president, teamed up to help place flags at gravesites in the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in recognition of Veterans Day.

Submitted photo VETERANS DAY FLAGS: Baseline-Meridian Chapter USD 1812 President Mary Ellen Laursen, left, and Sheila Beatty, USD 1812 honorary state president, teamed up to help place flags at gravesites in the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in recognition of Veterans Day.

USD 1812 assists in preparation of cemetery

This article was published November 11, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Wednesday, elementary school students, veterans' support groups, individuals and the United States Daughters of 1812 placed more than 6,000 gravesite flags at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock in preparation for Veterans Day.

Each year for Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Wreaths Across America, the Arkansas Veterans' Cemetery in North Little Rock, as well as all the veterans' cemeteries in the state, rely on volunteers to assist in placing flags or wreaths on the gravesites. They also rely on volunteers to return and pick them up.

USD 1812 was responsible for sections B and C and placed almost 900 flags. Members of the organization have been volunteering at the State Veterans Cemetery for more than six years.

Although World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, fighting between the Allied forces and Germany had already ceased months prior. On the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice went into effect. Armistice Day was celebrated every year thereafter in the United States until 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day to encompass the honoring of veterans of all American wars.

A Veterans Day ceremony is conducted every year at the cemetery and in keeping with tradition, it is held on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

For information regarding the patriotic activities of USD 1812, call Mary Ellen Laursen at 922-4802.

Society on 11/11/2017
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