Hundreds of people crowded the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there.
Governor Mike Beebe challenged the public to show respect and love for people in the military.
“When you see a serviceman or woman, in a uniform, in an airport, on the street, in a restaurant, only takes a minute, it takes less than a minute, to shake their hand and thank them for their service,” said Beebe.
Governor Beebe said it’s essential to honor the family and especially children of the fallen soldiers, because they will have to live with the loss the longest.
Joann Grummey, an attendee, says Memorial Day means so much to her especially since many of her family members were in the military.
Among the crowd were some kids. Isaac Martinez says Memorial Day is important.
“So we can honor the people who died, and especially my grandfather. He was in the Navy. I want to help people and join the Air Force,” said Martinez.
Following a moment of silence prayer, the honor guards placed the military service covers on a table symbolizing the fallen soldiers from each branch of the military.