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September 12, 2011

The 9/11 event at the Arkansas State Capitol went amazingly well, and had a good turn out. I had the honor of giving the invocation, and many afterward expressed their appreciation. To view a copy of the invocation click here. A few notes about the parade—the bag pipe players were truly amazing—I do not think I was the only one with goose bumps that day. The police and fire department did a great job of leading the parade to the Capitol, and setting the tone for this somber occassion.

I was seated with the main speakers some of whom include US Senator Tim Griffin; Governor Mike Beebe; Lt. Governor Mark Darr; Attorney General Dustin McDaniel; Representing the Secretary of State Doug Matayo; Land Commissioner John Thurston; Former congressman, and former Head of the DEA Asa Hutchinson, An AR General with 10,000 + soldiers under his command, a leader of MEMS. Each speaker had something excellent to add and they all enriched my understanding of 9/11 and furthered my appreciation and respect for those who served on that day until now. There were others in attendance, including but not limited to a large gathering of fire fighters, police, and military, color guard, bell ringers, and more bag pipe players ending the service, along with gun salutes.

It was an honor being a part of this event, and being able to meet with all the speakers, and with others who came from around Arkansas to remember 9/11, including several of our injured soldiers who were in attendance, and a group which serves our troops and blesses them in many ways. I am sorry that I was not able to include any photos of this event, my wife, who is our main photographer was home with the boys (one of whom split his lip open the night before)...a story for another time. But if any make there way to me, I will be glad to send them your way.

Thank you for your prayers for our leaders and for us, and for allowing me to represent you, as your missionary to the Capitol!


Jason Palermo
State Director, Arkansas