On Monday, February 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee will present the “Arkansas 105”, a celebration of the 105th Anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag. The event will be held at Wabbaseka Community Park located at Highway 79 North and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee invited the public to celebrate the third anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
“This year we have the special privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CNG-41 [in 1978]. That is very unique,” Irby said in a news release, adding that Horton grew up at Wabbaseka.
At 10 a.m., the event ended with a flag ceremony by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T./Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.
“This year we have the awesome privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41. That is very unique,” Irby shared.
Horton grew up in Wabbaseka, Arkansas and later served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41 in 1978.
KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ will host the event. The live radio broadcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Wabbaseka Community Park located at the intersection of Highway 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
The event will end at 10:00 a.m. with a flag ceremony performed by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T/ Robinson NOSC Naval color guards. This event is open to the public.
History of Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza
On October 12, 2013, Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee revealed the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza by conducting a showcase and dedication ceremony at Wabbaseka Community Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
The flag and veterans’ memorial plaza was established to honor the 100th year anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag, Miss Willie K. Hocker, flag designer and Wabbaseka native, and the USS Arkansas Navy battleship.
The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies recently released “It’s Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols,” authored by David Ware, a historian of the Arkansas State Capitol. It’s Official is a volume of essays that examine each of Arkansas’ officially designed symbols, outlining their beginnings, their significance at the time of their adoption, and their place in modern Arkansas.
Community leaders and organizations participated in the “Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial’s Inaugural Year Celebration.”
The Ceremony was held at Wabbaseka City Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The ceremony commemorated the one year establishment of the Memorial Plaza in Wabbaseka’s Community Park. The memorial is the concept of author Jason Irby who grew up and attended schools in Wabbaseka.
“Recognizing history and giving back to my hometown and community has always been a goal in my life,” says Irby. “I am proud that the community has joined and participated with me to lift and recognize the history of Wabbaseka, a fading small town surrounded by agriculture that I call home.”