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State Capitol Gift Shop 

The State Capitol Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the Capitol. Offering Arkansas and Arkansas made products, the Gift Shop is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. For more information call 501-682-3593.

2016 Capitol Christmas Ornament

2015 State Capitol Ornament

[Click Here to Purchase Capitol Christmas Ornaments]

On March 22, 2014, over three thousand firefighters, family members, friends and supporters gathered on the grassy mall west of Arkansas’s Capitol to take part in the dedication of the Capitol’s newest monument, the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial. The ceremony was the culmination of nearly two decades of work to create, fund and install a durable monument honoring Arkansas emergency responders who have perished in the line of duty.

The idea for the memorial surfaced at a fire fighters’ convention in 1985, but little progress was made until May 8, 1997, when a conflagration at a chemical plant in West Helena claimed three lives. Spurred by the tragedy, the Memorial Committee vigorously promoted the idea of the memorial. Missouri artist Robert Daus, a retired fireman, who had previously created firefighters’ monuments for St. Louis and Milwaukee, was commissioned to sculpt the oversized bronze figural group which would be the visual center of a monumental plaza. Working from drawings by Walnut Ridge artist Paula Haskins, Daus modeled representations of a Nineteenth-century volunteer fireman, a modern urban fire fighter, a rural or wild land fire fighter and the “angel of mercy,” a female emergency medical technician. The figures were cast in bronze in 2008 and were exhibited around Arkansas in a tour which both raised public awareness about the project and helped raise funds for its completion.

On March 23, 2013, the Memorial Committee, joined by families and friends of fallen firefighters, broke ground for the monument on the Capitol Mall. Over the next year, the statues’ setting, designed by Little Rock architects Brooks Jackson and Bunny Brown, took shape: a limestone amphitheater featuring a memorial wall and a pedestal fountain base, paved in white granite with a bronze maltese cross outline filled in red granite.

At the 2014 dedication, the names of 104 fallen Arkansas firefighters were read aloud; their names to be inscribed on the granite Memorial Wall tablets. Since then, other fallen heroes have been added to this roll of honor, poignant reminders of the dangers faced by emergency responders every day.

2004 - 2013 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

You can also purchase past Capitol Christmas Ornaments from 2004-2013 in the State Capitol Gift Shop or at the link below. [2014 & 2015 ornaments are sold out].  All of the ornaments from years past are on sale for ½ off at the great price of $9.75 each.  Or, if you buy the whole set of 11 – you get a great deal for $49.95.

[Click Here to Purchase Capitol Christmas Ornaments]



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