Honoring Fallen Heroes in Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- The fourth annual Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Motorcycle Run started Saturday morning from seven different locations in the state.

The purpose of this is to raise awareness and money to help set up a permanent memorial.

"We all came out here to pay respect to our fallen soldiers," said David Frazee.

"One of those soldiers is my nephew Rusty Bell.  he died August 12, 2005," said Jennifer Bailey.

About 50 bikers started their journey from the VFW in Jonesboro.  They were there to escort the family of Rusty Bell to a ceremony in Wynne.

"I don't know any of them.  That's the amazing thing, that they're out here they don't even know who we are.  Regardless, they're here to honor a man who gave his life for their freedom," said Bailey.

"It's all about honor and respect.  Someone who lays their life down for me and I didn't ask for it is the best thing in the world.  There's nothing better," said Frazee.

This event was started four years ago by Rob Hopper.  Both of his son's served in Iraq, but only one of them came back home.

"He lost his son and a few years into it and he wanted to organize this event to install a permanent memorial in the Arkansas area with the names of all the soldiers that have died from this area," said Frazee.

Seven different groups of bikers left from different parts of the state to escort the families of fallen soldiers to the Village Creek State Park in Wynne.  All of the people who are taking part in the memorial ride want you to know why this is so important.

"We're not a group of bikers just getting together to ride.  We're doing it for a very good reason and I hope more people recognize that reason," said Frazee.