2014 End of Year Exhibit – Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Committee Reflects on 2014

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.

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Community Participates in Flag Ceremony Hosted by Author Jason Irby at the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza

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.”

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Irby Speaks to Hispanic Youth Group About Arkansas State Flag

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.