The Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery has more Arkansas fallen heroes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other cemetery in the country. We want to honor these Arkansas heroes and need your help. Please consider sponsoring a wreath and make plans to join us on December 12 as we place them on veterans graves. There are over 6,000 veterans interred in this cemetery so we need many Arkansans to come together to help. The cost to sponsor one wreath is only $15 and all donations are tax deductible. Just click the "Sponsor a Wreath" button at the top of the page if you can help. Know that the money you donate will be used to honor Arkansas veterans and fallen heroes and support Arkansas families of the fallen. For each wreath sponsored Wreaths Across America will make a donation to Arkansas Run for the Fallen to help us continue to honor Arkansas Fallen Heroes and support the families of Arkansas fallen service members.
The 5th Annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen will be held March 18-20, 2016. In an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of runners will embark on a 146 mile run to honor every Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. The run will begin in Ozark, Arkansas and will end 146 miles later on the steps of the state Capitol. Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team stops at each marker where they present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of a fallen service member who has died while serving since 9/11/2001 in an effort to create a 146 mile memorial trail through Arkansas. Media coverage of the 2015 event can be found here.
The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial was founded in October 2005 by Gold Star dad, Rob Hopper, of Wynne, Arkansas. Rob's youngest son, Marine LCPL Brian Chase Hopper, was killed on January 26, 2005. Brian's unit was flying in Western Iraq to guard the first inaugural election, when the helicopter he was in crashed, killing all 31 men inside. The memorial consists of a 3' x 5' flag and placard with a short biography for each Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. People are able to walk among the flags and read the biographies of the heroes that are honored. We are very proud that Mr. Hopper chose to give the traveling memorial to Arkansas Run for the Fallen so that we can continue the tradition that he started by displaying the traveling memorial in communities around the state throughout the year. For more information on the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit our website by clicking here
The mission of Arkansas Run for the Fallen 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.