Arkansans Gather to Remember Fallen on Memorial Day

MAY 30, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Rainy weather didn't dampen Memorial Day events throughout the state.

Governor Huckabee spoke at a ceremony at the Little Rock National Cemetery yesterday morning.  The governor said the holiday was a time for people to put away their political differences and band together to support U.S. troops serving overseas.

Other communities recognized Memorial Day with ceremonies throughout the weekend, along with events on the actual holiday.  In Pine Bluff, veterans groups throughout Jefferson County gathered Sunday to honor veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Stan Warrick, a professor of military science for the Junior ROTC program at Watson Chapel High School, said the students he's seen enlist "are not joining to get away from their girlfriends' dads or because of the enlistment bonus."

Instead, Warrick said that students are enlisted because of the good values associated with military service.

In Region 8, Memorial Day services were held in downtown Jonesboro.  Several other weekend ceremonies and similar events were held in Craighead and Clay counties.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)