An estimated crowd of 220 persons showed up at Hempstead Hall for a unique joint luncheon, where the Hope Kiwanis, Hope Lions, Hope Rotary, and Hope Civitan Clubs all teamed up to honor the area's Veterans last Friday, November 10.

An estimated crowd of 220 persons showed up at Hempstead Hall for a unique joint luncheon, where the Hope Kiwanis, Hope Lions, Hope Rotary, and Hope Civitan Clubs all teamed up to honor the area’s Veterans last Friday, November 10.
Although the traditional Veterans Day, November 11, fell on a Saturday this year, much of the nation observed Veterans Day on Friday, with communities like Hope and Prescott as well as across the county, hosting various breakfasts, luncheons, and events.
Bob Willis of the Kiwanis Club served as Master of Ceremonies for the joint Hope Celebration, which also featured the Hope Lions Club Chorus performing the Star Spangled Banner as well as all the theme songs of the various branches of the military, including familiar anthems for the US Marines and US Air Force as well as US Army, US Navy, and US Coast Guard.
The keynote speaker was legendary Arkadelphia football coach George Baker, who amused the audiences with tales about the military, his family, and his days as a coach.
In the crowd, several local Veterans attended, including five recognized from World War II as well as combat Veterans from the Korea and Vietnam eras.