Marion County communities will celebrate Memorial Day 2013 by commemorating those who lost their lives in service to the country.
Ceremonies are planned in Hillsboro, Marion, Florence, Peabody, Pilsen, Lincolnville and other locations.
Kansas Sen. Vicki Schmidt will be the guest speaker at the Hillsboro Memorial Day observance starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Memorial Park, said Dick Carr, commander of American Legion Post 366.
The ceremony will begin with the Color Guard advancing colors and the Sons of the American Legion raising the American flag.
Carr said he will ask those in attendance to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. Kathy Carr, auxiliary chaplain, will offer a prayer.
Roll call of the dead will be led by Wayne Friesen and Ron Suderman, followed by a 21-gun salute and Lewis Hagen playing taps.
A steak dinner is planned at noon Monday at the American Legion Post, 405 Floral Drive.
For more information, call 620-947-3624.
Memorial Day services in Marion will begin at 10 a.m. Monday with the Honor Guard assembling at the Civil War Monument, followed by playing of the national anthem by a trumpet trio at the cemetery, said Post Adjutant Gary Chaput with American Legion Post 22.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 6958 will decorate the memorial in honor of the dead from all wars.
Jeremiah Lange, pastor of Marion Presbyterian Church, will lead in the prayer.
Bob Brookens, formerly the 70th District representative in Topeka, will deliver a short address.
The honor guard will present military honors in the memory of departed comrades. Taps will be sounded by the trumpet trio following the third volley of the Honor Guard.
Refreshments will be provided at Marion Elementary School by the Marion Kiwanis Club following the program.
A display of military members killed in action, missing in action or prisoners of war will be set up by American Legion Post 22.
Reilly Reid, commander of Florence American Legion Post 308, said three Memorial Day services will take place Monday.
The first service will be west of Florence at Mount Calvary Cemetery beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Father Darrin May, of Holy Family Parish, officiating.
Cedar Point Cemetery, south of Cedar Point, will be the site of a 10 a.m. service, and north of Florence at Hillcrest Cemetery a ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with pastor Brandon Clubb of Cedar Point Community Church as the guest speaker.
Retired Air Force senior master sargeant Terry Lehman will lay the wreaths at Hillcrest at 11 a.m. with pastor Mitchell Diemen of Florence Christian Church delivering the address.
Following the Florence service, the American Legion is inviting everyone to the post for a casual lunch.
The Memorial Day service begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pilsen Cemetery. It is being arranged by the Pilsen Cemetery Board, said William Benda, board chairman.
Following a welcome by Benda, Deanna Klenda will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.
L. Edward Davies will recite the American’s Creed, which is a way to remember those who sacrificed their lives so others would be free. Davies also will read the Father Emil Kapaun prayer.
Klenda will pray for prisoners of war and military members missing in action.
The service will conclude with Deanna Klenda laying a wreath and taps sung by Mary Konarik Griffith with trumpet accompaniment by Tabitha Oborny.
The Gilbert Poppe American Legion Post 347 in Lincolnville will execute a rifle salute.
A service also is planned at the Lincolnville Cemetery.
Services for Memorial Day start at 10 a.m. Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery with pastor James Pohlman speaking, said Scott Weber, commander of Peabody American Legion Post 95.
Civil War reenactors will march through the Avenue of Flags to place wreaths on the graves of fallen soliders at the beginning of the service.
Following the ceremony, the Peabody-Burns High School sophomore class is sponsoring a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Print Museum tours
As part of the weekend-long celebration, the Peabody Print Museum, 210 N. Walnut, will be conducting tours at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, with Wesley Bentz serving as a guide.
The museum has a collection of old printing equipment from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, according to information about the site.
Lunch begins at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday in the bank park across from the Printing Museum. The menu will include fried chicken, homemade bread, potato salad, beans and drinks for $8.
Everyone is invited at 1 p.m. to visit the Eyestone building, 122 W. Second St., which was the Peabody branch camp for German prisoners of war. Pictures, memorabilia and stories about the building will be presented by Marilyn Jones.
In addition, the Peabody Museum and W.H. Morgan House will be open to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The opening of these locations, the Eyestone building, Peabody Printing Museum and Morgan House are replacing the cemetery tours.
A new added feature is the “Sand Green Master’s” golf tournament with tee off at noon.
The four-man scamble is $100 per team or $25 for each person.
All proceeds will go toward the Peabody American Legion building fund.
The Peabody Senior Center is reminding everyone about its Memorial weekend brunch at 9:30 a.m. at the center, 106 N. Walnut. The cost is $3.15 for those 60 and older or $5 for everyone else.
Reservations can be made by calling 620-983-2226 and, are needed Thursday for those planning to attend.
Lehigh Engine Show
Lehigh residents are inviting the public to its annual engine show and Memorial Day celebration June 27.
The event features a variety of classic and new tractors, engines, cars and motorcycles, according to Ruth Coyle, one of the organizers.
“We welcome all exhibitors and concessionaires or crafters or vendors—with no charge,” she said. “Exhibitors usually start getting there like at 6:30 a.m. to get a good spot, and they like to stand around and talk.”
Lunch, including a variety of locally prepared pies and desserts, will be served “at a reasonable price” starting at 11 a.m.
A small-town parade for the exhibitors and kids who want to ride their bikes is planned for 1 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade should meet at the former church building at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Coyle at 620-483-3005, or Donna at 620-382-5828.