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.
2019 Capitol Christmas Ornament
In 2017, the Arkansas Legislature approved a measure authorizing placement of a monument honoring Arkansas's Gold Star Families on the grounds of the Capitol. The monument would be one of over fifty, located in forty-three states, with over sixty others in progress.
Developed for the Herschel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation (which has spearheaded the nation-wide memorial-placement movement), the design incorporates four vertical tablets of black granite bearing appropriate inscriptions. Its central element is a reverse silhouette of a saluting soldier, the open shape representing those who have fallen while serving their nation.The Arkansas Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, located due west of the Arkansas Capitol, was dedicated on September 28, 2019.
The term "Gold Star Family" is a modern reference derived from the "service flags" first displayed, usually in a window, by families during World War I. The flags bore a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States; if that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold one, marking the family's sacrifice.
(Ornaments from previous years available as well)