WHEREAS: World War I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All Wars, was a global conflict lasting from 1914 to 1919, with the fighting ending 1918; and
WHEREAS: The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, ignited a summer of conflict in Europe and Africa, combat that would involve the United States and last more than four years; and
WHEREAS: World War I involved fifteen nations sending as many as 65 million soldiers into battle, of which 8.5 million were killed, 21 million were injured, and 7.7 million were captured or missing. The War changed governments in Germany and Austria-as well as in Russia, whose revolution created the Soviet Union; and
WHEREAS: The War was fought by the Allies on one side, and the Central Powers on the other. No previous conflict had mobilized so many soldiers or involved so many in the field of battle; and
WHEREAS: By its end, the War had become the second bloodiest conflict in recorded history. World War I became infamous for the unprecedented scale of its use of trench warfare, where troops were confined to ditches dug into the ground causing tight defenses where neither army could advance; and
WHEREAS: The War also brought about new military technology, including barbed wire, machine guns, poison gases, armored vehicles, and the increasingly efficient use of submarines and airplanes for military purposes;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, and in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, do hereby direct that the state flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 26th day of June, in the year of our Lord 2014.
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