Veterans memorial park to be established in Rector

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - We are all aware of how much our veterans have sacrificed.  Many cities throughout Region 8 pay tribute to our veterans with ceremonies, statues, and memorials.   A Veterans Memorial Park is a dream held by many in the community of Rector.  It's a goal organizers have worked toward for several years and now they are even closer to it becoming reality.

"We're going to have one of the best places in Northeast Arkansas concerning veterans," said Rector Police Chief Glenn Leach.

This empty patch of land along Main Street will soon be home to a Veterans Memorial Park in Rector.

It's a dream started several years ago.

"We didn't have a specific place for veterans to gather and to honor them," said Leach.

"From the start we wanted this to particularly honor those who have given their lives in service to their country," said Rector Mayor Ron Kemp.

This is a community known for supporting their own but the park will be for everyone.

"What we want to do is honor all veterans from all services and we just need a good place to do that particularly with all the issues going on with the wars now," said Leach.

The estimated cost of the park is $150,000.  So far they've raised about $50,000 of that.

"Retired General George Barker is probably the reason for that he has a dream of a really impressive memorial here in Rector," said Kemp.

"In the last two years we've gained a lot of support from people from Rector and we're raising the funds without the help of the taxpayers," said Leach.

Kemp and Leach say it's vital to honor and remember our veterans.

"That's how we're here and that's how we maintain our freedom.  They give the sacrifice that allows us to continue with our life," said Leach.

"We're going to have flags from every branch of service and of course the centerpiece will be World War 2 soldier," said Kemp.

Bricks can be purchased in honor of a veteran.

"We will have a walk of honor that will be one of the main aspects of the memorial bricks will line that walk of honor," said Kemp.

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