LITTLE ROCK, AR - A huge "Stars and Stripes" sculpture will be the centerpiece of a new plaza at War Memorial Stadium to honor military veterans.
Ground work has begun at the stadium in the 202-acre park in Little Rock, and the project will be completed for the stadium's 60th anniversary observance September 6, when the Arkansas Razorbacks play Louisiana-Monroe.
The stadium originally was dedicated Sept. 18, 1948, in honor of the 4,634 Arkansans who lost their lives during World War I and World War II.
Kathleen Caricof of Loveland, Colorado, was chosen to create the artwork. Her sculpture will be 40-feet wide and 25-feet tall. Interlocking stainless steel stars will sit on top of five columns that represent the five branches of the military.
The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust awarded the commission's fundraising arm $500,000 for the roughly $600,000 project. Private donations paid for the rest.