While Serving Tornado Victims, Vets Remember the Fallen

Bigelow, AR - A group spearheading volunteer efforts in Faulkner County held a special Memorial Day bar-b-que to celebrate the work done iin tornado relief efforts, but as an organization made up of mostly veterans it was also a time to remember.

Team Rubicon has been helping in Vilonia and Mayflower since April 27th's deadly EF-4 tornado. According to the local team's director, this group is made up of about 75% veterans. 

Mike Mason is a veteran of the Vietnam War, he said, "It is a very special day.  It's the date that we honor the people that gave the most."

Nathan Dowds fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said, "I think Memorial Day, first and foremost, is to remember our brothers and sisters that we've lost."

During the picnic, the Team was asked to talk about the meaning of Memorial Day.  Dowd read the end of the Gettysburg address.

"That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom.  And that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the Earth."

As for the current work in Faulkner County, helping victims rebuild, Mike Mason believes its the perfect way to keep remembering his comrades.

"It ties it all together, it all does.  The past to the future, kind of bridging the gap."

"I know that our brothers and sisters, if they had not lost their lives in the war, they would have probably been here helping also."

Team Rubicon will wrap up its efforts at the end of May.  Local organization The Dream Center will take over volunteer organization.

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