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Speaking at ceremony, Arkansas governor says Veterans Day reminder of need for strong military


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said Veterans Days offers citizens of Arkansas a chance to thank those who have served in the armed forces, but is also a reminder of the need for a strong military.

Speaking at the state's annual Veterans Day ceremony, Hutchinson praised Arkansas' roughly 250,000 veterans and said the day highlights the dangers the nation faces internationally.

"It is a dangerous world in which we look at the Middle East, we look at looming challenges in North Korea," the Republican governor said. "All of this reminds us of the importance of a strong military that we must support in our country."

Hutchinson also touted the state's work to help veterans, including plans to open five regional offices by next month to help those who have served in the military and a task force he's formed to promote Arkansas' military installations. He also highlighted work on the state's new veterans home in North Little Rock, which is set to open next October and will eventually house 96 people.

"We are working hard for the veterans in the state of Arkansas, our 250,000 veterans that we do not want to forget, that we want to express our thanks for and continue to advocate for," Hutchinson said.

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