October 13, 2010
Today was a most excellent day. Fran Marshall had scheduled a press conference on the steps of the state capitol at 10am so we headed downtown as soon as we were ready. Since we had arrived early and still no word from the governors office, we decided to go inside and knock on his door. There is always a chance something will work out and prayer can open many doors. So up to his office we went and sure enough within 10 minutes I was face to face with Gov Beebe. He was extremely gracious and attentive to the cause and gave his full support to the flag. See posted pictures.
The 10 am press conference ended up with a very small crowd so we decided to take the group over to the Jacksonville Museum of Military History for the 11am ceremony. DannaKay arranged a beautiful venue at the museum and many guests were in attendance. Representatives from Rolling Thunder, patriot guard, American legion, VFW, the state legislature and included the Arkansas Adjutant General. The mayor of Jacksonville read a proclamation and declared it Honor and Remember Day in the city. It was a terrific ceremony on a gorgeous day with the best conclusion, a personalized flag presentation to Gold Star Dad Rob Hopper, In tribute to his son Brian, killed in Iraq January 2005. Rob began Arkansas Fallen heroes memorial a few years ago and has created an incredible moving field to honor the states heroes. It was a sincere honor to remember Brian today.
This evening I was privileged to speak at the Wednesday service of Bingham Road Baptist Church. This is the home church of the Marshall family and the congregation has named the family life center for their son Brad. It was another blessed opportunity to spread the message in one more venue. The congregation was very receptive and I thank the pastor for allowing me time in his pulpit.
Tomorrow: Travel day to Jackson MS, Nothing planned as of yet – OPEN