(KARK) People across Central Arkansas are paying their respects to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We need to remember the men and women who are on the front line of our armed forces and thank them for their service and be grateful for their sacrifice,” says Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
With flags in hand and wreaths on display, people remembered loved ones at a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in
“He was wonderful. He was the life of the party, always had a smile,” says Judy Williams.
His smile and fun loving nature is still fresh in Judy Williams’ memories. Her grandson, Cpl. Loren Miles Buffalo died overseas 5 years ago.
“He was on a mission. When he stepped out of the humvee and stepped on an IED,” she says.
Cpl. Buffalo, a Scout for the Army, was on his first tour in Afghanistan.
“It hurt. 10 days from home,” says Williams. “He cared about people, he cared about the kids. And he cared about his country too. Yes he did.”
She’s hoping people will not only remember the heroic actions of our country’s men and women on this Memorial Day, but each and every day.
“I thank everyone for remembering. It helps me knowing I’m not the only one,” she says.
The Arkansas Veterans Coalition and VFW Auxiliary hosted a cookout following the ceremony.