World War I had a profound impact on Arkansas. Some 71,862 Arkansans served in the war, including 18,322 African Americans. There were 2,183 of these men and women who died in service, more than half from illness, and 1,751 were wounded or injured.
At home, the wartime economy boomed from the need for cotton for uniforms and lead and zinc for weapons. Training grounds for soldiers were opened at Camp Pike in North Little Rock and for flyers at Eberts Field in Lonoke. The Red Cross made its first inroads into Arkansas to help in the war effort. And Arkansans dealt with differing views on war.
On March 31, 2016, Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee to lead the state's remembrance of the events of 100 years ago. The Committee works with the people of Arkansas to plan activities, conduct research, and otherwise expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I.