Arkansans take moment to reflect on Veteran's Day
LITTLE ROCK —
We turn to November 11 as a day to take time and honor those that defended our freedom.
Veteran's Day has been a national holiday since 1919 to thank the ones fighting, or that fought for our country, and remembers those that gave all.
Veterans unfolded their garrison hats, placing them atop their heads Sunday as more than just an accessory.
"We come back together just to pay honor to those men and women and to those families," said R.D. Kinsey with the North Little Rock American Legion.
Many of those families Kinsey mentioned have lost loved ones either in battle or along the way in life.
At the state veteran's cemetery in North Little Rock we find Jordan Vonneumann from Lawson, Ark., here to visit her father's tombstone.
"It just makes me feel appreciative about what the people in the Army did for us," she said.
At the state capital Governor Mike Beebe spoke to a group of veterans and those serving our country, explaining the importance all of us have to honor these people every day.
"Whether it's merely an act of going across an airport lobby to shake hands with a man or woman who is in uniform; or, whether it's simply an act of saluting a retired vet who has on a cap commemorating their service," Governor Beebe said.
Whether those veterans are still with us or not, their service and memories live on.
"It just makes me think that I miss him and I love him," Vonneumann added.
Veteran's Day is observed as a national holiday Monday and will continue with parades in cities like Russellville, Hot Springs and Van Buren.