Cole Donates Lasswell Items to City

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Joe Cole with the portrait of Alva Lasswell, along with items from his posthumous induction in the Arkansas Military Veteran's Hall of Fame.
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Thanks to the efforts of local attorney and historian, Joe Cole, another volume of Piggott history is being preserved for future generations. Last week, Cole reported he was donating several items of memorabilia connected with former Piggott resident, and World War II hero, Alva Lasswell to the city. The display which depicts Lasswell's induction into the Arkansas Military Veteran's Hall of Fame will be temporarily housed at the Piggott City Market, and a reception is scheduled. After a special observance ceremony at the upcoming Fourth of July Picnic, the items will be on display at the community center.

Lasswell's son, James, will also serve as the Grand Marshal of the annual parade and will take part in the special ceremony afterward.

Alva Lasswell lived in Piggott as a boy, and later in life earned the distinction of being one of the top code-breakers in the U.S. military during World War II. Although unheralded during his lifetime, he has since been recognized for the role he played in key moments in history—including the pivotal Battle of Midway.

Cole has sought to gain recognition for Lasswell, and penned the application which resulted in his posthumous induction into the hall of fame last year.

The public is invited to attend a reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, at the Piggott City Market. Cole reports the items will be on display at the reception, and at the picnic grounds on July 4. Afterward, they'll be permanently housed at the Piggott Community Center in a special display.

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