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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Today is Memorial Day, and many Arkansans will be honoring those who served and died in the U.S. military.
That means American flags will fly at half-staff until noon today. It also means most banks and government buildings will be closed.
- The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony with Governor Mike Beebe attending. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on West Maryland. The ceremony is expected to last 30 to 40 minutes with a picnic following. Both events are free and open to the public. Last year, nearly 600 people attended.
- In Garland County, Congressman Tom Cotton will take part in a Memorial Day service at the Veteran's Memorial in downtown Hot Springs. That ceremony will start at 11 a.m. on Orange Street.
- The sixth annual Memorial Day Veterans Celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. in Marvell in Phillips County. Last year more than 500 people from around the state attended. This year, State Representative Col. John Edwards will be the guest speaker. Complimentary lunch will be served and the celebration is open to the public.
- Cabot American Legion Post 71 invites all of its members and area veterans of Lonoke County and their families to attend a Memorial Day program at the community center across from Cabot High School. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. Retired Lt. Col. Steve Gray will speak. An Air Force veteran, he now serves as a liaison to Sen. John Boozman. A ceremony will be held to honor prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cabot Veterans Memorial.
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