Residents honor soldiers Memorial Day weekend

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – While many were at the lake or grilling this Memorial Day weekend, people in Region 8 gathered Sunday morning to honor fallen soldiers.

A Memorial Day service was held at the Trinity Church's Cemetery in Big Creek.

Flags were lowered to half-staff and patriotic melodies were played throughout the evening in hope to recognize our soldiers.

The Craighead County Veteran Honor Guard was one of the major coordinators of today's service.

Doctor Tanja Mckay works in the Biology Department at Arkansas State University and played the violin for veterans.

Carl Mosby is a member of the Veteran Honor Guard and he says recognizing not only fallen soldiers, but all veterans and soldiers, is his responsibility.

"We have a sense of obligation as part of the military to perform these duties the national guard doesn't have enough man power, enough people to come out to every single event and participate", says Mosby.

He also says it was his personal experience that motivated him to recognize these soldiers.

"When we came back from foreign countries, Vietnam and southeast Asia, we didn't have the respect that the military has now. And it's the veterans who are out there making sure that it never happens again" says Mosby.

He also says nothing will stop him from honoring the ones who keep us safe.

"We will keep doing it for the rest of our lives", says Mosby.

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd was the keynote speaker at the event.

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