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Museum to again host Veterans Day event


Military personnel, active and retired, have been invited to the annual Veterans Day service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Veterans Monument at the White Hall Museum, 9009 Dollarway Road.

Veterans and active military personnel attending the annual ceremony will be recognized. The names of those killed and missing in action will be read during the service.

The motorcycle groups Fallen Riders, ABATE and Genesis will conduct a ride-in salute to the veterans.

Bo Fontaine of White Hall, who served two tours in Vietnam during a career in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1980, will deliver a brief address. Fontaine, former sheriff of Jefferson County, was awarded the Navy Star, two Bronze Star medals with V device, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat device, four Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Col. David L. Musgrave, commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal;

Mayor Noel Foster; and the Rev. Paul Williams, pastor of White Hall’s First Baptist Church, will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service to their country.

Dr. Richard Bailey and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Brass Quintet will perform during the service and Sgt. Maj. Larry Adams and the White Hall High School Junior ROTC detachment will present the colors, while the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck will be used to raise the American flag to open the ceremony, said Mary Lou Mauldin, museum director.

Lewie Brown, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4455, will place the memorial wreath with the assistance of the ROTC detachment. Glen Minor, past commander and the current treasurer of the Arkansas American Legion, will also participate in the service.

Following the keynote addresses by Col. Musgrave and Fontaine, a musical salute to the veterans will include John Phillips Sousa marches and the Armed Forces Medley.

The ceremony will conclude will a fly-over salute by the Razorback Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association at Grider Field.

Jim Monroe, associate pastor of First Baptist Church, will serve as master of ceremonies. Guests will be invited to tour the museum and grounds at the conclusion of the ceremony, according to Mauldin.

Parking will be provided near the museum, she said.