The River Valley Veterans Coalition held a Patriot’s Day Commemoration on Saturday morning, September 11th at 8 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The event remembered and honored those lost in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, the first responders who responded to the calls and many others who have been called heroes after they helped save many lives.

Pope County Judge Ben Cross recognized the seven Arkansans who were killed on 9/11.

Bill Eaton with the River Valley Veterans Coalition spoke about the importance of never forgetting 9/11, the horrific acts that occurred and the tremendous amount of lives lost that day. He also spoke about the courage and bravery of the first responders, the military, and the general public, who rushed to help despite the danger and risks to their own lives. Eaton stated, “Never forget. Never let your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren forget. Always teach, always be vigilant, always be prepared through practice, perfect practice, that’s what works.” He continued, “We must never underestimate our enemies and those who despise our way of life and our successes as a country, though perfect we are not.” In closing Eaton stated again, “Never, ever forget.

The attached photos and the following video were captured during the Patriot’s Day Commemoration at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday morning September 11, 2021.