2017 State Capitol Holiday Ornament

In 1985, the 75th Arkansas General Assembly approved a measure, introduced by State Representative Art Givens, authorizing a Capitol monument honoring Arkansas’s law enforcement officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty. Act 964 created a committee made up of representatives of law enforcement agencies, professional associations and the Secretary of State’s office, which would select a design and site for the memorial, develop criteria for inclusion and solicit and accept funds for its construction.

The project began in earnest in 1987 with announcement of a statewide design competition and fund-raising events. Several sites were considered, including the mall due north of the Capitol, the east promenade and within the Rotunda. Fund raising proved slow, however, and the project remained stalled for several years.  MORE

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