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Armistice Day, 1930


"We can think of that day twelve years ago, it had been thoroughly demonstrated that our country had not lost its soul as the result of its prosperity. It was shown that our people could rise to a great emergency, could cooperate with a great movement for the protection of liberty and justice. . .We can be proud of these memories. . ." (From "Armistice Day," an opinion piece in the Adair County News, November 11, 1930, page one, top center.)

On the afternoon of November 11, 1930, a crowd of several hundred people gathered on the public square in Columbia for a momentous occasion, the long delayed and much anticipated dedication of "a handsome bronze tablet... honoring the Adair County boys who were killed or died during the World War."

American Legion Post #99 had charge of the program, with Rollin Cundiff as Master of Ceremonies. Luminary Judge James Garnett, Director of the Bank of Columbia, "made an excellent address, presenting the Memorial tablet and dedicating it to the memory of Adair County's heroes." Richard Paull Hill, then seven years old, unveiled the plaque affixed to an exterior wall of the Bank of Columbia, and Ralph Hurt made a gracious speech of acceptance on behalf of the Legion.

The ceremony ended with well-known King Crenshaw singing "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground," a song from the Civil War era, and then "the public square rang with the stirring strains of the 'Star-Spangled Banner' sung by the entire gathering" before the crowd began dispersing.

Video: Tenting Tonight by Tom Roush

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