Wanting to honor veterans and be patriotic, we went to the capitol building yesterday. The Veterans Day ceremony was on the 2nd floor of the rotunda. I quickly realized we wouldn't last long with the adult crowd.
A little more wiggle room was found on the 3rd floor - and the view was much better. Three kids in tow, we lasted through the National Anthem, pledge and a few words of Governor Beebe's address.
It was time for lunch. We found the Little Rock Nine. The last time we came to the capitol, I didn't know about this memorial but thought it would be a fitting site to visit on Veterans Day.
Sadly, it was the military that prohibited these nine African American students from entering the doors of Central High School in 1957. After President Eisenhower talked several times with the Arkansas governor (Faubus), it was under federal protection the Little Rock Nine finished the school year. Our Veterans ensure freedom - that I love.
Thank you to all the veterans who make it possible for me to enter a government building, take pictures, write about and educate my son.