Towns plan Memorial Day events

? Events begin Friday and climax Monday.

Veterans groups in Marion County will pause Monday to remember active-duty service men and women who died while serving their country, and the public is welcome to attend.

Ceremonies are planned in Hillsboro, Marion, Florence, Peabody, Pilsen, Lincolnville and other nearly locations.

Hillsboro

This year’s keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in Hillsboro is Gaylord Goertzen, former pastor at Ebenfeld Menno?nite Brethren Church.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Memorial Park, according to information provided by Josh Plenert, American Legion post commander.

The ceremony begins with the color guard advancing the colors and the Sons of the Ameri?can Legion raising the American flag.

After Plenert asks 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 the prayer.

The sergeant of arms will place a wreath honoring departed comrades.

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

A steak dinner is planned at noon at the American Legion Post, 405 Floral Drive.

For more information, call 620-947-3624.

Parkside Home will be hosting a barbecue for all area veterans from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 22. The menu includes grilled hamburgers, pulled pork and side dishes.

Veterans who wish to attend should RSVP no later than Thursday, May 21. For more information or to RSVP, call 620-947-2301.

Marion

Memorial Day services in Marion 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.

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

The honor guard will present military honors in memory of departed comrades. Taps will be sounded by the trumpet trio following the third volley of the honor guard.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at Marion Elementary School by the Marion Kiwanis Club following the program.

Florence

Three Memorial Day services are planned Mon?day, May 25, 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.

North of Flor?ence at Hillcrest Cemetery, a ceremony will begin 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 which will be placed in the entryway of the park.

Anyone can purchase a brick with a veterans name on it. The cost of a 4-by-8 brick is $50.

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.

Peabody

Memorial Day weekend events in Peabody begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, with a holiday brunch at the Peabody Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut.

Ruth Lott, center director, said the menu includes biscuits with sausage gravy, blueberry muffins, fresh fruit and refreshments.

Reservations are needed the day before by calling 620-983-2226.

A fundraising event is planned Friday night at The Hub, 118 N. Walnut, which benefits the youth center. The meal is by donation and the event recognizes the youth center?s founder, Dale Hague, who died in 2011.

The Peabody Historical Society is hosting a fried- chicken lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peabody Senior Center. Visitors planning to attend reunion events are encouraged to make reservations.

The Peabody Museum, Print Museum and W.H. Morgan House all will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

Joel Klaassen, founding publisher of the Free Press in Hillsboro, will provide a tour at 11:30 a.m. at the Print Museum. He will also be available to answer questions.

Visitors to the Morgan House can view an exhibit from the Christ family.

According to Carmen South, one of coordinators, family members brought memorabilia to share with the community. Many of the items date to World War I and II.

There will be a charge for the meal, and the historical society will accept additional donations.

The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary jointly are hosting a Memorial Day weekend golf classic beginning at 10:30 a.m. May 24.

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

After the service, the Peabody-Burns sophomore class is serving its annual dinner of beef or ham with fixings. Proceeds from the meal benefit next year?s prom.

Reservations for the meal can be made by calling Peabody-Burns High School at 620-983-2196.

Pilsen

Everyone is invited to the Memorial Day service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Pilsen Cemetery.

The event is arranged by the Pilsen Cemetery board with military honors by the American Legion Gilbert Poppe Post 347.

Welcoming remarks will be given by William E. Benda and L. Edward Davies will present the Gettysburg Address and Father Kapaun Prayer. Benda also will read the veteran?s honor roll.

Deanna Klenda will offer the POW/MIA prayer and present 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.

For more information, call 620-924-5470.

Lincolnville

The Memorial Service at Lincolnville Cemetery begins at 10:30 Monday,?May 25.

The service is sponsored by the Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post 347, with Pastor Stahlecker officiating. Tabitha Oborny will play taps.