Hardy, Arkansas Citizens Unite in Service to Honor 9/11 Day on Spring Street Spring River Bridge


OThe City of Hardy joins Engage Arkansas to host a 9/11 Flag of Honor Ceremony to commemorate September 11th, 2001
HARDY, ARKANSAS – A large group of citizens and public safety personnel from the City of Hardy, the Hardy Police Department, and the Hardy Fire Department will commemorate the 9/11 attacks by joining in patriotic memorials as part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, commonly known as 9/11 Day on the Spring Street Bridge over the Spring River at 9:00 a.m. on September 11, 2023 in Hardy, Arkansas. The public and emergency response personnel are invited to attend.
9/11 Day is a chance to reinvigorate the unity that swept the nation in the aftermath of 9/11 while paying tribute with acts of service to those lost on September 11, 2001, heroic first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.
“We ask that the public join us as we reflect on those who lost their lives on that dreadful day in America’s history,” said Mayor Barnes. “This is a new memorial for Hardy this year, and I am honored to partner with the State of Arkansas to commemorate Patriot Day in Arkansas.”
This year Arkansas communities will come together to host the 9/11 Flag of Honor Ceremony in partnership with Engage Arkansas. The Flag of Honor contains the names of all those that perished in the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, United Flights 175 and 93, and American Flights 11 and 77.

This flag gives the families, friends, all of America, and the world symbols that will forever memorialize, individually, the men, women, and children that died on that dreadful day.
“September 11, 2001, generated a renewed sense of citizenship and patriotism. However, today’s youth have no first-hand knowledge of the events. Only 1 in 4 youth actively participate in our democracy through volunteering, service, or voting,” said Shana Chaplin, Director of Engage Arkansas.
“EngageAR believes 9/11 Day affords us a unique opportunity to promote civic engagement with youth while remembering those who lost their lives and honoring those who valiantly served.”
EngageAR will partner with its Engaged Cities of Service, Mayor’s Youth Councils, the Arkansas Collegiate Service Leaders Network, and the EAST initiative. Any community members interested in attending this 9/11 Flag of Honor Ceremony are invited.
September 11th was designated a National Day of Service by Congress in 2009 and is led by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps partners with 911Day.org, the nonprofit that, along with 9/11 families, began the 9/11 Day observance more than a decade ago and engages hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses nationwide.


About Engage Arkansas – The Governor’s Commission on National Service and Volunteerism EngageAR is the coordinating entity responsible for inspiring and sustaining civic engagement by supporting local civic services and community education and promoting partner program opportunities.
EngageAR believes local communities know best how to solve local problems. The staff works to develop partnerships within government agencies, municipalities, institutions of education, and the nonprofit and faith-based sector, developing and promoting civic engagement to undergird the services offered through public agencies. For more information, visit the National Service positions at EngageArkansas.org. EngageAR is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. As part of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Transformation Plan, effective July 1, 2019, EngageAR is in the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

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