Arkansas Fallen Soldier Memorial in Region 8

BATESVILLE, AR - There are different memorials to honor different generations of soldiers, now there's one honoring those killed in Iraq just for Arkansas soldiers.

"I came here to be thankful for my brother.  He was over in Iraq and he's got three friends out here that he lost over in Iraq.  One man was a friend of his for over twenty years and I came out here to show my respect," said Allene Burnette.

"It's a sight that makes me want to think that the people here from Arkansas that lost their lives somehow were responsible for getting my son back home from Iraq alive," said Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.

Many walk through just out of honor to look at the faces of the fallen and thank them for serving.

"It's heart breaking, I'm not going to lie.  It's heartbreaking to know the soldiers went over there, but I know they went for us," said Burnette.

Over the past several months soldiers have left and soldiers have returned from Iraq in Region 8.  In those times of celebration it's also important to remember those who have fallen.  There are 79 flags in the memorial to honor 79 Arkansas soldiers, many from Region 8.

"It's amazing when you see it's this many.  It's really devastating," said Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.

And as the number of flags in this memorial increase, more soldiers from Region 8 are getting ready to leave for Iraq.

The traveling memorial started less than a month ago and is making it's way across Arkansas.

The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial will leave Batesville on Wednesday.  Here is the list of where it will go next and when:

Paragould- December 12th-15th

Marion- December 15th- 18th

Forrest City- December 18th-21st

Jonesboro- December 21st-24th

For any information on the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial, you can call the creator of the project.

Rob Hopper

99 CR 7750

Wynne, AR 72394

Phone numbers: 870-238-1023 or 870-208-7909