2013 marks the 50th year the family of Corene Mitchell of Sherwood is celebrating a family reunion.

Mitchell said she loves the reunion each year and is quite pleased the family has been able to keep it a tradition for half a century.

"We will be having family come in from about seven states," said Mitchell.

The reunion has been set for June 23 from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. In the Hospitality House at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

Mitchell said between 100-150 family members will be getting together again and will be traveling into town from such places as Canada, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Missouri and Ohio.

"There have been years where we have had as many as 200 people at the reunion," Mitchell said. "We have met at Burns Park every year with the exception of four years."

This year’s celebration will be a bit different as one of the family members is planning to bake a special 50th anniversary cake. The reunion will also hold a special veterans memorial service to remember family members who have faithfully served their country.

"We don’t show our appreciation of our veterans enough," Mitchell said.

The day’s activities also will include a memorial moment to remember family members who have passed away during the past year.

"We will do a memorial service for five family members this year," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the family has gotten more good news because one of the relatives, who resides in Hot Springs, has said he will be at this year’s reunion.

"He has not been to the reunion in the past," Mitchell said. "This will be his first year."

Another part of the festivities will be allowing family members with musical talents to sing, she said.

One family member planning to sing is a great-great grandson who lives in Houston and another relative who is a choir director in Ohio.

"They have wonderful voices," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said she looks forward to the family reunion each year because it is important for families to stick together and not lose touch.

— Greg Rayburn