A recent discovery has led to what will be a special public ceremony 11 a.m. Sunday to recognize Veterans Day.
The Graceland Museum Complex and Audrain County Historical Society, 501 S. Muldrow St., in Mexico, will dedicate a plaque bearing the names of those killed during World War I.
The plaque was found in a dark corner of the museum complex by Paul Baum, living history coordinator at ACHS. “I asked the docents at the museum if they knew anything about it and they didn’t. Some of them have been there for more than 30 years,” he said.
A dark corner is no place to keep the names of the men who died during what was known as “the war to end all wars,” Baum said.
The plaque bears several names of those from Audrain County who died during that war, which took place from 1914 to 1918. The U.S. entered the war early in 1917.
The plaque already is placed in a more prominent location at the museum, but the service Sunday will recognize those listed on the plaque. Bells will ring at the event, and Baum asks anyone who has a bell to bring it so as to be part a part of the ceremony. If any area churches also want to recognize Veterans Day, Baum suggests they ring their bells at 11 a.m. This is the when the war ended 100 years ago — the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Veterans Day is a day for reverence, Baum said, and he hopes as many people are able to come to the dedication as possible.