Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03.31.2016

Governor Signs Executive Order Creating World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today signed an Executive Order creating the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

“I am honored to be able to sign this order creating a committee to plan ways for our state to commemorate the courage, sacrifice and valiant efforts of the more than 71,000 soldiers from Arkansas who served their country during World War I,” said Governor Hutchinson.

One of the members of the committee will be the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), or a designee of the director. DAH will manage and coordinate the work of the committee. DAH Director Stacy Hurst thanked the Governor and assured him that the committee would encourage the development of activities and observances that will work to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I.

Joseph Weishaar also attended the event. Mr. Weishaar, a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, is part of the winning design team to create a national World War I monument in Washington, DC.  His design is entitled, “The Weight of Sacrifice.”

In addition to the DAH Director, other members of the committee will be:

  • Dr. Raymond Screws, director of the Arkansas National Guard Museum;
  • Dr. Lisa Speer, the Arkansas State Historian;
  • Lt. Col. Matt Snead, the director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran’s Affairs, or a designee of the department;
  • Lt. Col. Joel Lynch, public affairs officer of the Arkansas National Guard;
  • Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, or a designee of the school; and
  • Three at-large appointees selected by the Governor:
    • Major General Mark Berry, adjutant general, Arkansas National Guard
    • Retired Lt. Col. Ken Griffin, military and veterans affairs officer, Office of the Governor
    • Dr. Shawn Fisher, professor of history, Harding University

Any events or projects planned by the committee will be completed during the years 2017-18, and the committee will cease to exist and expire on December 31, 2018.

CONTACT:  Melissa Whitfield (501-324-9611)