Today is Armed Forces Day.
The third Saturday of May is designated each year as a day to celebrate the men and women who serve in the various branches of the United States armed forces.
On Saturday, May 19, 2001 (which was Armed Services Day that year), the City of Little Rock opened the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Today, the museum celebrates its 17th birthday. However, it is temporarily closed to the public for renovations.
Though the museum is only 17 years old, the building in which it is located, is 170 years old. It is undergoing a much-needed renovation and restoration in order to continue to serve for at least 170 more years.
Visitors to MacArthur Park today can still interact with the various outdoor memorials and monuments which pay tribute to various phases of Arkansas’ military history.