Paying tribute

The Wheatley Veterans Memorial Committee unveiled its stone veterans monument, the new centerpiece of Wheatley Heritage Gardens city park, Sunday. While the monument sat in the park, the dedication was held at the Wheatley Civic Center because of the rain. Congressman Rick Crawford, above, representative of the First District of Arkansas and a veteran, was the keynote speaker. Crawford spoke of the importance of thanking veterans for their service and remembering just how much they have sacrificed for United States citizens to stay safely in their homes. Jake Byest, a World War II veteran, was asked to unveil the monument. Because of the ceremony’s change in location, Byest unveiled the committee’s goal marker for the project. Photos by Caitlyn Sweet.

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Crawford: Understand sacrifices of veterans - A steady drizzle of rain and the rapidly falling temperatures were not enough to keep the citizens of Wheatley from filling the Wheatley Civic Center Auditorium Sunday afternoon for the dedication of the newly-unveiled veterans memorial monument, which now sits at the center of Wheatley Heritage Gardens city park.

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