Region 8 Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO --"America has always been about world peace,"said Serviceman Hillard Holcomb.

Folks gathered on the lawn of the Craighead County Courthouse Sunday afternoon to pay respect to the friends and family members who paid the ultimate price for our country.

"We owe them a debt of gratitude,"said Holcomb.

Current soldiers are remembered as well.

"I think it's very important to show their patriotism and support our troops in Iraq,"said Verlin Williams.

Hillard Holcomb says this day reminds him of how lucky we all are to live in a free country.

"We have more freedoms.....more than anyone else. I can say whatever I want to about almost anyone, and if I don't get punched out, I guess I'm doing okay.

I'm not going to be arrested for it,"said Holcomb.

Part of today's ceremony also included a dedication from a part of Arkansas' history.

The anchor sitting on the corner of the Craighead County Courthouse lawn was apart of the USS Arkansas.

The ship's first deployment was in 1982 to the Mediterranean.

The ship also completed deployments in the Western Pacific and Operation Desert Storm.

All veterans and their families were encouraged to attend the ceremony on the anniversary of the day that many refer to as the greatest sea borne invasion in history.