HOPE, AR – The Hempstead County Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 on the front grounds of the Hempstead County Court House.
The ceremony will pay tribute to the Armed Forces Members who have lost their lives in service to our country over the years.
Special guests this year will include the families of the following service members:
Army Sergeant Thomas Chad Rosenbaum, 25, of Hope, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division who died in Baghdad from a roadside bomb attack on September 18, 2004.
Army Staff Sergeant Carlo Montell Robinson, 33, of Hope, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, La, who died in a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 17, 2099.
Army Sergeant James “Jim” William Holt, 26, of Hope, Medic assigned to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group who disappeared during a battle in the Vietnam Conflict and was declared MIA for 47 years before his remains were found, positively identified and laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
This year’s speaker will be retired US Army Colonel David Lively. Arkansas State Representative Danny Watson, Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse and Leon Prince of the Hempstead County Veterans Service Office will also speak at the memorial. Pastor Steve Johnson will give the events invocation and benediction. The National Anthem will be sung by Robert Green and Gwen Muldrew. The Presentation of Colors and Lowering Colors to Half-Mast will be performed by the U.S. Marines Color Guard. The U.S. Army Band will perform Taps and the Hope High School Air Force ROTC will place a wreath at the memorial located at the court house.