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Patriotic theme highlights ceremony

Patriotic hues of red, white and blue filled the construction site of the new White Hall Museum as visitors gathered near the Veterans’ Memorial to celebrate the work of service men and women on Veterans Day.

This annual event to honor Veterans continues to grow each year and this year was no exception. Musical grandeur was provided by a 25 piece ensemble of the 106th Army Band. The band, which is stationed at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, provided selections including “Amazing Grace” and the “Armed Forces Medley” as well as others.

New to the program this year, the White Hall Middle School Sixth Grade Choir sang a musical tribute which included the “Grand Old Flag Medley”. The students, directed by Karen Robinson, not only sang for guests but also performed a routine with American Flags. The performance received a standing ovation.

Also featured, was Dr. Richard Bailey who provided the call to assembly with his trumpet solo of “To the Color.”

Master of ceremonies for the event was White Hall Alderman David Beck, who introduced the speakers for the morning.

During the ceremony, the names of service men and women that were killed in action or missing in action were announced by retired LTC Ed Monk after he provided a meaningful reading of “Duty, Honor, Country”.

The memorial wreath was hung and guest speaker Col. David Musgrave, Commander at the Pine Bluff Arsenal provided an inspirational message for the crowd. Beck congratulated Musgrave on such a meaningful message.

Other contributors to the program included the Jefferson County Motorcycle Riders, the White Hall JROTC, Paul William of White Hall First Baptist Church, and LTC Diego Gonzalez.

Museum director, Mary Lou Mauldin, puts in countless hours to provide White Hall with Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day Services that are becoming known for miles around. Even with the museum construction still in the early stages, the grounds provided a setting for visitors to gather an honor Veterans from all branches of the military.