Fallen heroes remembered

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial has made it's way to Jonesboro.

Rob Hopper of Cardwell, Arkansas created the memorial in 2007 in honor of those who have fallen since 9-11.

"When my youngest son was killed in Iraq and his older brother, Patrick, was also a Marine and escorted his little brother home in January of '05. In October of '05 we decided to do a motorcycle ride for Brian. We did that for two years and we wanted to continue it, but it just didn't feel right to do it for just one anymore. So, that's how we grew to honor all of the fallen heroes from Arkansas that we've lost in the global war on terrorism since 9-11."

Over the years, this traveling memorial has grown in size and public demand.

"It's been a long time since I've had to look for a place to set up the memorial. I get phone call requests on almost a daily basis for it."

Hopper says towns request the memorial because it means something to them.

"There's a mixture of emotions people go through when they look at this. This is how we meet other families, by moving it to different towns. There's gratitude. They know that we're remembering. And then there's joy. We don't do this to mourn their loss. We're here to honor and celebrate their life. Who and what they were, what they became and what they were doing for us."

Member of the Craighead County Veteran's Honor Guard, Carl Mosby, says this memorial is important to veterans and their families.

"We can't forget our soldiers that's been killed. And we want the public to know, to bring their kids out, bring their families out and see the sacrifices that these soldiers, sailors, air force personnel and even women have given their life for our freedom."

Each flag represents a fallen soldier.

The memorial started with seventy-two flags and has increased to one hundred and fifteen.

The memorial will be in Jonesboro at the VFW until June 24th.

It's next stop will be in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

For more information, log onto their website.

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