WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in honor of two Arkansas soldiers who were shot outside of a Little Rock recruiting center in an act of terrorism. This month marks the five year anniversary of the shooting, during which Private William Long was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula was wounded.
"Today's wreath laying ceremony is a small way to honor Privates Long and Ezeagwula and their families for their sacrifice and service," Pryor said. "Our men and women in uniform should be always recognized for acts of valor whether they occur at home or abroad. I'll continue to highlight Long and Ezeagwula's service and work with Senator Boozman and Congressman Griffin to ensure these Arkansas soldiers receive the recognition they are due."
Senators Pryor and Boozman have introduced the Honoring Ezeagwula and Long (HEAL) Act, which would award the Purple Heart to members of the Armed Forces who are wounded or killed during a terrorist attack perpetrated within the United States. The legislation is retroactive to include the shootings in Little Rock and Fort Hood, Texas. Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2) sponsored identical legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.