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Patrick Henry Award Presented to Lt. Col. Edward Merck

The Silver Patrick Henry Medalion for patriotic achievement was presented to Lt. Col. Edward Merck at the 2 February 2022 meeting of the chapter. MG Ronald Chastain, Chapater Commander, made the presentation. He was cited for his community services as a volunteer for organizations and the Military Order of the World Wars. Among those services, he kept companions connected during the pandemic by providing Zoom meetings and by managing and maintaining the chapter's website for the past ten years.

Chapter Renamed to Honor Col. James D. Elmer

The Chapter celebrated the new name of our chapter ("The Colonel James D Elmer Arkansas Chapter") at its regular meeting on June 2, 2021. Our MOWW National Commander in Chief, Brig Gen Frederick Lopez, USMCR (retired) officiated at the event.

Col. Anita Deason presented flowers to Ruth Elmer during the ceremony at the meeting at Barnhill's Buffet.

Chapter Mourns Passing of Past National Commander Col. James DeElton Elmer


Jim’s membership in the Military Order of the World Wars was fitting as he agreed with its values respecting patriotism. He went on to help organize the Central Arkansas Chapter. He served one term as National Commander of MOWW. One volunteer activity he really enjoyed was presenting Flag Education classes to fifth graders in Central Arkansas, giving presentations to thousands of students over the years. He also was the Arkansas coordinator for the Joe Foss Institute.

Cadet Sowell Receives MOWW Award

MOWW award is presented to Cadet SSG Adam Sowell by Bob Jones at the Benton High School. awards ceremony March 30, 2019

ARVets Honors Colonel Deason

At the annual gala “Salute” which will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Governor's Mansion, Colonel (ret.) Anita Deason will receive the honor of Outstanding Female Veteran Pioneer. Details of the award are included in this attached article.

Daniel Adams Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Jim Elmer presented MOWW Eagle Scout Certifiate to Daniel Adams at Court of Honor September 4, 2016.

Jim Elmer describes the MOWW Resolution of Cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America at the Lakewood United Methodist Church.

Chapter Hosts Region VII Conference, April 1-2, 2016

MOWW Conference from Ed Merck on Vimeo.

MOWW Presents Community Service Award to Everett Auto Sales

Everett Receives Award
(Left to right) Juddy Wachtel, Robert Jones, Dave Beranek,
Susie Everett, James Elmer, Ken Zellmer, Ed Merck

Photo taken by Lacey Brooks

The Central Arkansas Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, recognized the Everett Auto Sales organization for significant contributions to the community at a brief ceremony in Bryant, Arkansas, on March 31, 2016. On behalf of the MOWW, Col James Elmer, accompanied by members of the Chapter, presented the award to Susie Everett at the Everett Buick GMC showroom. The inscription on the placque reads: "The Military Order of the World Wars presents the LtCol Thomas A. Robertson, Jr., Community Service Award to Everett Auto Sales in grateful appreciation for your continued support of Youth Leadership Conferences where high school students learn about Leadership, Patriotism and the U.S. System of Free Enterprise."

Students are selected from Central Arkansas high schools to receive scholarships for attendance at Youth Leadership Conferences held periodically at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth TX, and the U. S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville AL. In support of this project, the Everett organization has generously provided vehicles for transporting the students to and from the conferences.

JROTC Cadets Receive MOWW Awards

Cory Evans

Chapter Commander Chris Robertson presents MOWW certificate to Cadet Cory Evans at Watson Chapel on April 20, 2015.


Stan Warrick, Watson Chapel JROTC instructor, presented the award to Zekeyia Jackson at the Dollarway ceremony.

New Officers Installed at March Meeting

Capt Chris Robertson and COL Dave Beranek were installed as Chapter Commander and Arkansas State Commander, respectively, at the Chapter meeting March 4, 2015. Presiding at the installation was MOWW National Vice Commander COL Clay LeGrande. The newly installed Central Arkansas Chapter Adjutant is Maj Ken Zellmer. LtCol Juddie Wachtel was installed as MOWW Central Arkansas Chapter Treasurer. Photos of the meeting are here.

Chapter Grieves the Loss of Its Commander

Lt Col Thomas A. Robertson, Jr., Commander of the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and active member of numerous veterans organizations in the region, died January 2, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. In July 1992, Lt Col Robertson retired from active duty but continued serving his country in other ways until his death. Complete obituary is at this link

Chapter Member Receives Community Service Award for 2014

For 37 years the Arkansas Community Service Awards have recognized individuals and businesses for their dedication and commitment to supporting volunteerism throughout Arkansas. The awards are sponsored by the Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, KARK Channel 4, the Governor's Office, and the Duncan Law Firm.

Ed Merck, Perpetual Member of our chapter, was selected as one of six individuals honored by the award for 2014 because of his volunteer efforts in providing websites for non-profit and veteran organizations. Awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion on June 13, 2014. The entire awards event was broadcast by KARK at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19th. A video shown at the event can be seen at this link: Video

Memorial Day 2014 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery

This wreath with ribbon containing the words "Military Order of the World Wars" was created by Chris Robertson. It is shown here at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery by Col Jim Elmer.

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