Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home is holding a Veterans Celebration on Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at their cemetery, Rest Haven Memorial Gardens located at 4647 Pine St, Arkadelphia.

Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home is holding a Veterans Celebration on Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at their cemetery, Rest Haven Memorial Gardens located at 4647 Pine St, Arkadelphia.
All veterans and those who love veterans are invited to attend. They will be dedicating a special section of the cemetery to veterans, serving lunch, and giving a t-shirt to all veterans and guests.
“We are excited to show our gratitude to veterans for their service. Our freedom and way of life is made possible by their sacrifice and service,” stated Jeff Smith owner of Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home and Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
“The event actually begins with a procession from the funeral home led by the Patriot Guard Riders. There will be over fifty patriotic motorcycle riders leading us. We are asking people to gather at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m., and the procession departs at 11 a.m. At the cemetery the dedication ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. In the ceremony we will be honoring all World War II veterans present by giving them a 48 star flag. County Judge Troy Tucker, Mayor James Calhoun, Veteran Service Officer Larry Cain, Pastor Lewellyn Terry and Vocalist Julie Williams will be assisting us in the dedication ceremony,” explained Smith.
After the ceremony, Southern Bancorp will serve lunch and distribute “God Bless America” t-shirts to those in attendance.
In addition, Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial is displaying more than 140 flags in the cemetery all week to honor Arkansans that have died in combat since 9/11.
“People are able to walk among the flags, see the heroes’ pictures, and read about the heroes that are honored,” said Smith. 
“We are delighted to have the flag display. It is moving to walk among the flags and read the story of each hero who died to protect our freedom. All patriots will want to come visit and can do so any day next week,” Smith added.
Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home will give a free space to each veteran and their spouse in the veterans section when they conduct a funeral for them.
“The veteran cemeteries are over an hour from here, and we want veterans to receive the same honor here at home. So the funeral home is donating spaces for veterans and spouses we serve in the new section,” explained manager Tim Wright.
For more information, call (870) 246-4551.