By Greg Rayburn


AT&T recently hosted a "salute a soldier" community event for Jacksonville community and military families where Fourth of July video messages were sent to soldiers.

AT&T hosted the special event which was open to the public and military families on June 30 and July 1 at the Jacksonville AT&T Store, 2070 John Harden Drive.

"AT&T is committed to connecting friends and families across the world to share special moments," said Anita Smith, AT&T Arkansas Communications Manager. "Using the latest smartphones and tablets with video capabilities, soldiers across the country were able to view a message from a loved one or someone from their community on July 4th. Messages were sent at no cost."

Both days of recording were open to the public for a five-hour period.

In honor of Independence Day, Arkansans were also encouraged to donate used mobile phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for our service men and women, helping them connect with their families. "AT&T offers two ways for consumers to donate phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Wireless customers of any carrier can drop off used cell phones and accessories at any AT&T company owned store. Or, they can download free shipping labels from," she said.

For nearly 100 years, AT&T has remained dedicated to supporting active military personnel, veterans and their families. To find out more about AT&T’s military and veterans support initiatives, visit