Families of veterans remember those lost

    10:37 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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    SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- Thousands of headstones represent thousands of Arkansans who've served their country, and each of them has a story to tell.

    Stephen Smith knows exactly where to find his grandparents, Patrick and Gwendolene Kelly.

    "They both contributed to Allied Victory in Europe," says Smith. "My grandmother came here after the war. They were married in England. He came back first and then she followed."

    Just a few rows ahead lies his father, Chuck Smith.

    Kim Fleming's father Charles Arrington, a veteran of the National Guard, is also here -- a place she says is perfectly peaceful just like him.

    These were veterans from different wars and different places that left amazing legacies of their own, but together they served a country.

    "When you get past the grieving and get to remembering and being proud of them and what they meant to the country, you can join in with people who feel the same way about people they love and now miss and it's humbling," says Fleming.

    Stephen Smith is now living in Joplin, Missouri -- but says every Memorial Day, he tries to make the drive to North Little Rock to honor his grandparents and father.

    Kim Fleming says she has a step-son that is currently serving in Afghanistan. He is due back sometime next year. She says on this Memorial Day she hopes everyone continues to remember service members like her son still fighting for our freedom.

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