Towns prepare Memorial Day observances

Marion County residents can pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country at one or more events Monday.

In Hillsboro, Memorial Day services are planned for 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Park, according to Dick Carr, commander of American Legion Post 366.

This year?s speaker will be Colonel Tim Marler, retired. The ceremony will begin with the Color Guard advancing colors and the Sons of the Ameri?can Legion raising the American flag.

After Carr asks those in attendance to pay tribute to the men and women who have died in military service, Legion Chaplain Wayne Friesen will offer a prayer.

Roll call of the dead will be led by Friesen and Ron Suderman, followed by a 21-gun salute and Lewis Hagen playing taps.

Carr identified six veterans who have died over the past year: James C. Funk, Darryld G. Lowen, Ed McCleave, Donald L. Dahl, Richard R. Unruh and Duane Miller.

Following the program, a steak dinner is planned at noon Monday at the American Legion Post, 405 Floral Drive. The cost is $12 for members and guests.

In addition to Monday?s events, Carr said the ?Avenue of Flags? will be placed Friday evening. The time was unavailable.

For more information, call 620-947-3624.

Marion

Post Adjutant Gary Chaput with American Legion Post 22 said flags will be displayed Memorial Day weekend.

?We are asking the Boy Scouts, Girl Scuts and others to please come and help us out,? he said. ?Small American flags will be placed at each veteran?s graveside markers and large American flags will be put up on the Avenue of Flags for Memorial Day to show honor and respect for our veterans.?

Chaput said help also is needed for the Avenue of Flags. The large American flags will be put up at 7:30 a.m. Friday and the flags will be taken down at 3 p.m. Monday.

?The only flags to remain up will be those of KIAs (killed in action),? he said. ?Those remain in place year round.?

The Memorial Day program begins at 10 a.m. Monday with the honor guard assembling at the Civil War Monument.

At 9:45 a.m., Jerry Kline, Toni Stephens and Leslie Schneider will read the names of deceased Marion County veterans at the Marion Cemetery.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will decorate the memorial in honor of those who died in all wars, Chaput said.

The guest speaker is John Barker, who represents Marion in the Kansas House of Representatives.

The ministerial alliance will provide a prayer.

The tribute will continue with the honor guard presenting military honors in memory of those who died. Following the playing of Taps, the third volley of the honor guard will sound.

Chaput said after the program, a hospitality center will be available at Marion Elementary School near the cemetery. Refreshments will be provided by the Marion Kiwanis Club.

Marion VFW Post 6958 will host a roast pork luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $12 per person.

For more information, call 620-382-3585.

Florence

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 with guest speaker pastor Brandon Clubb of Cedar Point Community Church, Reid said.

Retired Air Force senior master sergeant Terry Lehman will lay wreaths at Hillcrest at 11 a.m. Guest speaker pastor Jeff Lee of Florence, from the Aulne United Methodist Church Christ?ian Church, will deliver the address.

Following the Florence service, the American Legion is inviting everyone to the post for a casual lunch.

Pilsen, Lincolnville

The Memorial Day service begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pilsen Cemetery. This event is being arranged by the Pilsen Cemetery Board.

The Gilbert Poppe American Legion Post 347 in Lincolnville will execute a rifle salute.

A service also is planned at the Lincolnville Cemetery.

Peabody

Services for Memorial Day start at 10 a.m. Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. The event is being hosted by American Legion Post 95.

Following the ceremony, the Peabody-Burns High School sophomore class is sponsoring a dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Peabody Print Museum at 210 N. Walnut, the Peabody Museum and the W.H. Morgan House will be open by appointment.

Lehigh Engine Show

Lehigh residents invite the public to its annual engine show and Memorial Day celebration Monday.

The event features a variety of classic and new tractors, engines, cars and motorcycles, according to organizers.

Exhibitors, concessionaires, crafters or vendors are welcome to set up at no charge starting at 6:30 a.m.

A 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 Ashley Sheridan, event coordinator.

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