WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - A group of people gathered at the Wings of Honor Museum at the Walnut Ridge Airport Monday morning to commemorate Memorial Day.
Several veterans, their families, and community members were in attendance to honor those who fought for our country and did not make it home.
Museum founder Harold Johnson said their work at the museum is to honor the 1.1 million soldiers who died for our country every day, but they especially want to celebrate them on Memorial Day.
"We just recently put up the list of 4,574 Arkansans who that died in World War II and the 848 whose remains were never recovered or identified," Johnson said. "So we just think it's really important to honor these folks and remember them."
Former Black River Technical College professor Gary Buxton spoke at the ceremony.
In his speech, he reminded those in attendance that freedom is not free and that brave men and women died for it.