The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial will be on display at Arkansas State University–Beebe on July 1 through July 8.
This memorial was founded by Rob Hopper, of Wynne, as a tribute to his son who died January 26, 2005 in Western Iraq after his helicopter crashed. It is also a tribute to all Arkansas natives who have fallen in the line of duty.
In May 2014, Arkansas Run for the Fallen began displaying this memorial flag field. Arkansas Run for the Fallen is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness for the native Arkansans who fought and died supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The purpose is also to provide support, hope and healing to families grieving the death of a loved one in military service regardless of relationship or circumstance of death.
Displaying the Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial is one of several ways the Arkansas Run for the Fallen honors heroes. Last year, the group coordinated a 140 plus mile run, provided two college scholarships for seniors who had lost a parent, and this year the group is sponsoring a camp called Hearts of Our Heroes. The camp is geared for children who have lost a service member so they can connect with other children to create memories and support each other.
The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial may be viewed at the intersection of Dewitt Henry Drive and ASU-Beebe Boulevard, beside the Advanced Technology and Allied Health Building. To learn more about the heroes that are honored or for more information, visit www.arkansasrunforthefallen.org.
For more information about ASU-Beebe, call (501) 882-3600 or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.
Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and Little Rock Air Force Base, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry. The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus.