WWI veteran from South Bend honored

WWI veteran from South Bend to be honored by funeral home // WSBT 22 Photo

A WWI veteran from South Bend is being honored. Sergeant Alexander Arch became the first American to fire at the enemy during the "Great War.”

A memorial is taking place Monday at 5 p.m. to honor the South Bend native.

People can come and pay their respects and also get a look at local history that not many people know about.

Chapel Hill Funeral Home celebrates the memory of veterans everyday. They're honored to recognize a hometown hero.

On October 23, 1927, Sargent Arch pulled the lanyard that fired the first artillery shell on enemy soldiers.

It was a French 75 millimeter explosive artillery round.

Monday, community leaders like Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood and representatives from Congresswoman Jackie Walorski's office will remember Arch.

Among those attending, surviving members of his family who look to commemorate the war hero.

"We were able to reach out to family in the area. He has three surviving daughters that will be coming this evening. The family expects over 50 family members, many coming from other states for this so it was really neat how everything has just come together beautifully for this event to happen,” said Lori Smith, Chapel Hill’s Community Outreach Director.

This event was supposed to include an outdoor wreath laying and 21 gun salute but heavy rain may stop that.

Family members say they'll be bringing that artillery shell that solidified Arch in the history books.

This event is open to the public.

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