Over 200 attended the 3rd annual Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, Inc. (AMVHOF) Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony held in Little Rock Nov. 1. Fifteen Arkansas military veterans were inducted into the hall of fame and awarded the "Hall of Fame Medallion" recognizing their military service to our nation and to the State of Arkansas.

The Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is based and incorporated in Arkansas whose objective is to publically emphasize the honor brought to our state and nation by the sacrifice of Arkansas Military Veterans and their families.

The 2013 Class of inductees are:

Colonel Willard Alvin Hawkins, deceased of North Little Rock fought in WWII as a Bombardier and Armaments Officer in India, the Middle East and the Marianna Islands. Following the war he remained in the Reserves where he earned two awards of the Legion of Merit as Director of the Selective Service System.

The AMVHOF is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Class. The nominee must have either been born in Arkansas, entered military service from Arkansas, or lived in Arkansas for a minimum of eight years. The nominee must have been awarded one or more of the following U.S. military medals: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, any medal with "V" Device. For full guidelines and criteria see their website at http://amvhof.org/.