Author Jason Irby of North Little Rock along with the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee will host the “Arkansas Flag 101” and Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Completion Ceremony to be held at Wabbaseka City Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 beginning at 9:30 A.M. The memorial is the concept of author Jason Irby who grew up and attended schools in Wabbaseka, as well as attended the Upward Bound Program at UAPB during the early 1980’s.
“Giving back to my hometown and community has always been a goal in my life and UAPB has always been an icon in our community (Wabbaseka), region and nation”, says Irby. “I am proud that UAPB and our surrounding communities have joined to lift a fading small town surrounded by agriculture that I call home.”
UAPB is the major university closest to Wabbaseka and its Agriculture, Art and ROTC departments will participate. The UAPB Art Department is assisting in designing and developing information/exhibit panels for the memorial. The Agriculture and ROTC Departments will participate and exhibit at the commemoration ceremony.
A product of the University of Arkansas system, Irby received his Bachelors and Masters (School of Mass Communication) degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has authored a series of publications entitled Love Within Life which include several references to his life in and admiration of Arkansas’ resources, beauty and people.
Special guest will include the LRAFB and Arkansas National Guard Units. The Navy Band (Blues City Brass Quintet) from Millington, TN will perform a variety of musical styles.