Communities planning Memorial Day events

Scenes like this one in Hillsboro will be in vogue this weekend as communities around Marion County honor their military veterans with Memorial Day services and traditions.Memorial Day is a time to honor soldiers and other military veterans who died in wartime serving their country.

In Marion County, people not only will visit graves of soldiers, but are making plans to attend special ceremonies.

Hillsboro

In Hillsboro, a Memorial Day service is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Memorial Park.

The ceremony will begin with the color guard advancing and the Sons of the American Legion raising the American flag.

Morita Truman, pastor of Hillsboro United Metho­dist Church, will be the guest speaker.

Following the ceremony, the Hillsboro American Legion organization is having a steak dinner for $15 starting at noon.

Marion

Leland Heidebrecht of Marion said Monday’s Memorial Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. so the names of service members who died can be honored.

“The actual service begins at 10 a.m. with pastor Jeff Lee of the Aulne Metho­dist Church providing a short presentation,” he said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 6958 will decorate the memorial in honor of the dead from all wars.

Florence

Three Memorial Day services are planned Monday, May 30, at or near Florence.

The first service will be west of Florence at Mount Calvary Cemetery beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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 begins at 11 a.m.

Following the service, John McKay Post 308 is inviting everyone to the post for a casual lunch.

Memorial blocks

The Florence PRIDE committee continues its drive to complete Veterans Memorial Park by taking orders for Memorial blocks that will be placed in the entryway of the park.

“Anyone can purchase a brick with a veteran’s name on it,” a Florence city official said. “The cost of a 4-by-8-inch brick is $50.”

All proceeds go to help PRIDE maintain this project.

For order forms stop by the Florence City office, 511 Main St., Florence, or call 620-878-4296.

Pilsen

Pilsen Cemetery will be the setting for this year’s Memorial Day service starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, said William Benda, chairman of the Pilsen Cemetery board, with military honors by the American Legion Gilbert Poppe Post 347.

Welcoming remarks will be given by William E. Ben­da; L. Edward Davies will present the “Our National Symbol and Patriotism and Father Kapaun Prayer.”

Benda will read the veterans’ honor roll.

Deanna Klenda will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the POW/MIA prayer and wreath laying. The American Legion Post will provide the rifle salute. Taps will be sung by Mary Konarik Grif­fith with trumpet accompaniment by Tabitha Oborny.

“In case of inclement weather, the location will change to Pilsen Community Center,” Benda said.

For more information, call 620-924-5470.

Peabody

Memorial Day weekend events in Peabody begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, with a holiday brunch at the Pea­body Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut.

Lou Ann Bowlin, site manager, said the menu includes a breakfast casserole, cinnamon roll or muffin, fresh fruit juice, milk and other refreshments. Reservations are needed the day before the event by calling 620-983-2226.

The Memorial Day service begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

In addition to the ceremony, the Peabody Historical Society is hosting a lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peabody Senior Center.

The Peabody Museum, Print Museum and W.H. Morgan House will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Lincolnville

The Memorial Day service at Lincolnville Cemetery begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The service is sponsored by the Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post 347.

Lehigh

Lehigh’s annual Memorial Day Antique and Tractor and Engine Show will be in the city park on Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 30. A parade will be at 1:30 p.m. with lunch available.

For more information, call 620-483-3370.

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