RECTOR, Ark. -- The significance of veterans and the impact these men and women have had on the lives of those for whom they have risked, and at times sacrificed, their lives retains a strong, almost tangible sense of respect in the Rector community.
"We all owe a tremendous debt to our veterans who have served in the past and those who will face the challenges of the future," Rector Mayor David Freeman said. "To all veterans, on behalf of the community, I offer humble thanks."
The mayor is just one of many to lend his voice to a patriotic chorus of support for the men and women who dress themselves in the uniforms of the United States. No bigger sign of this local support can be found than Rector Veterans Memorial Park.
"It's a very moving memorial," Glenn Leach, one of the founding committee members involved with the project said. "We hope it's something our veterans can take pride in every time they see it."
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of the park is its striking bronze statue of a World War II soldier. The statue stands over six feet and weighs 500 pounds, adding a fantastic, yet approachable sense of reality to the park. The statue, "At Rest," was sculpted by Gary Alsum of Loveland, Colo. It is dedicated to all the men and women who have served in the armed forces.
"The statue is one of the lasting images people take with them after visiting the park," Rector native and committee member Gen. George Barker said. "It's an impressive site that makes an impression."
The park is adorned with flags representing all branches of the military in addition to the United States, Arkansas and POW/MIA Flags.
While the splendor of the park is indeed impressive, it's the message it instills to veterans and their families which truly stands tall.
"This park is a lasting symbol of respect and appreciation for all veterans," Gen. Barker said. "Their sacrifices and those of their families have not been forgotten and never will."
American Legion Post #38, VFW Post #4517 and the VFW Auxiliary will place a wreath at the veteran's memorial, on the Clay County courthouse lawn in Piggott, at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The ceremony serves to honor all veterans, and everyone is invited to attend.
An open house is also being held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day at the War Memorial Building in Piggott. Coffee and donuts will be served beginning at 8 a.m. And, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. chili and barbecue will be served. Ladies are reminded to bring a dessert. The event is open to all veterans and their families.