Wabbaseka Celebrates “Arkansas 105”

Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee were joined by the Wabbaseka, Arkansas community and guests from around the state to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the Arkansas Flag designed by Miss Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka.

“It was awesome to have youth from local ROTCs and retired veterans to join us in this milestone event,” Irby said.

The celebration recognizing the 105th anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag designed by Miss Willie K. Hocker was held February 26, 2018 at Wabbaseka Community Park.

“This year’s event was unique because we were privileged to have several veterans from Wabbaseka to stand and be recognized for their service to our country and we even presented a roll call,” said Irby.

The next event at the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza will commemorate the 5th year since its inauguration.

Join us on October 12, 2016 for the 3rd Anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza


Join us on October 12, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza.   The event will take place at Wabbaseka Community Park, intersection of Highway 79/63 and Myrtle Street, Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Flag was designed and sewn over a hundred years ago by Miss Willie K. Hocker.  Miss Hocker lived, taught, and wrote poetry in Wabbaseka, Arkansas and surrounding communities.

A memorial commemorating the Arkansas State Flag, the USS Arkansas Navy battleship, and Miss Hocker was established in the Wabbaseka Community Park in 2013.  Recently, it was learned that O.C. Horton, Jr., a Wabbaseka native, served on the USS Arkansas and will now be recognized on the memorial.

Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee would also like to commend our military veterans.  Wabbaseka is proud of its contributions to Arkansas’ rich heritage.

Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee celebrate the rich heritage of Arkansas and ask you to help maintain the memorial by making a tax deductible contribution online at http://www.arkansasflagwabbasekamemorial.wordpress.com.

We also invite you to come to Wabbaseka, Arkansas and experience the memorial in person.






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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The Pine Bluff Commerical Reports on the Pride of Wabbaseka!

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.”

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UAPB Reports on the Wabbaseka Memorial Ceremony

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff reports on the university’s involvement in the Arkansas Flag Wabbaseka Memorial Ceremony. Click here to read more.

Community Joins Local Author in Giving Back to Hometown at Arkansas Flag Memorial Ceremony

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.”

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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.