Veterans Day Observed Across Region 8

November 11, 2003 - Posted at 4:10 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Wolrd War I ended at 11:11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.  Later, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that date as "Armistice Day" to remember those who fell in WWI.  In 1954, Congress changed the name of Armistice Day to "Veterans Day," honoring all those who have served their country.

The oldest and largest Veterans Day parade in northeast Arkansas took place this morning in downtown Jonesboro.

Today is an important day for all veterans, but it's especially important for one in particular, whose grand-daughter just returned home from combat.

Morris Holloway is a World War II veteran.  His love of country and the inspiration to serve in the military hit him without a second thought, he said.  "My dad was always very patriotic...he was always talking about our history," said Holloway.

And from that early sense of patriotism came a family of committed military personnel.  Holloway's grand-daughter April Morgan currently serves in the Air Force.  She was deployed overseas, but is now back in the states.  Holloway says he's proud of his grand-daughter, and the other men and women who serve our country.  "The kids are very well trained now-a-days, much better than I say we were.  When I went in in 1942 things were really hot, and they didn't have time to train us, a lot of us," Holloway said.

Many veterans acknowledge that tensions are high across the globe, and for Holloway, he says that was reason enough for him to be at today's ceremony.  "As long as there's war or rumors of war, there's going to be veterans, and I think they should be recognized and taken care of."

Other Veterans Day ceremonies were held today in Blytheville, Forrest City, Paragould, Piggott, Poplar Bluff and Powhatan.