Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee showcased documents, panels, and other artifacts pertaining to the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial.
The memorial was founded by Irby in 2013. The End of Year Exhibit was created to commemorate the effort in celebration of the Arkansas State Flag 100th year anniversary.
Willie K. Hocker, designer of the Arkansas State Flag, and the USS Arkansas were also honored.
The exhibit featured the 2014 accomplishments of the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee and other projects that Irby participated in throughout the year.
Community leaders and organizations participated in the “Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial’s Inaugural Year Celebration.”
The Ceremony was held at Wabbaseka City Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The ceremony commemorated the one year establishment of the Memorial Plaza in Wabbaseka’s Community Park. The memorial is the concept of author Jason Irby who grew up and attended schools in Wabbaseka.
“Recognizing history and giving back to my hometown and community has always been a goal in my life,” says Irby. “I am proud that the community has joined and participated with me to lift and recognize the history of Wabbaseka, a fading small town surrounded by agriculture that I call home.”
The Pine Bluff Commercial reports on the 101st Anniversary of the Arkansas Flag.
via The Pine Bluff Commercial
The city of Wabbaseka became the official hometown of the Arkansas state flag in a recent ceremony honoring the 101st year anniversary of the flag, the flag’s designer, and the battleship that started it all. “Arkansas Flag 101” and the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Completion Ceremony were held Feb. 26 at Wabbaseka Community Park. The event, sponsored by the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee, was the culmination of a push by local author and poet Jason Irby to commemorate the historical milestone and its local significance. “What an incredible year it has been, with everything that has happened,” Irby said. “ This park has come a long way to become a place that contains a memorial that reflects our history.”
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.”
In a recent presentation to a group of Hispanic youth, Irby shared information about Arkansas, the honorees in the Arkansas Flag 100th year of Celebration and his book My Arkansas My Home. A list of discussion questions were composed by the youth group leaders. Irby presented the questions to the youth and opened the floor for feedback and discussion.
Among the most popular questions were:
What is Arkansas’ official state animal? The answer is the White Tail Deer. Of course, the state has also been known as the bear state because the Black Bear was very common in its territory earlier in history. The Razorback Hog was a popular answer. One young lady asked, why is the Hog red? Irby answered, the Razorback image that you see representing the U of A at Fayetteville is a mascot and is a character whose colors are designed to promote those of the university (Razorback Red).
What is your favorite place to visit in Arkansas? Hot Springs was the number one answer followed by Pinnacle Mountain, the Big Dam Bridge and the Old Mill.
Can you describe the Arkansas state flag? Questions and discussion developed about the year and circumstances that Arkansas adopted its flag, what the stars represent, what the colors represent and who designed the Arkansas flag.