Memorial Day is Monday, and there will be many services throughout the area honoring members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate price to defend their country.
Hillsboro will have a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park. The speaker will be Don Dahl, retired U.S. Navy pilot and former Kansas legislator.
After the service at the park, there will be a dinner at the American Legion hall at the intersection of D and Floral streets. Tickets for the dinner cost $12.
Marion’s Memorial Day observance will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Marion Cemetery.
An honor guard will present military honors in memory of their departed comrades. “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps” will be played by Elizabeth Goentzel, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will decorate the memorial in honor of the dead of all wars.
Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Burch will deliver a memorial tribute address. The Rev. Jeremiah Lange of Marion Presbyterian Church will lead the prayer.
After the service, there will be a hospitality center at Marion Elementary School, near the cemetery, with refreshments. There will be a list of all service members who were killed in action, missing in action, or prisoners of war from Marion County.
There will be a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 95, Elmer S. Madsen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6229, American Legion Post. No. 95 Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion Post No. 95 with assistance from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
The service will include a memorial parade to position and advancement of the colors. The scouts will raise the flag to half mast early in the service, and raise them to full height at the end.
Music will include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Taps,” “Amazing Grace,” and “America the Beautiful.”
James Pohlman, Preaching Elder, will give the invocation, memorial address, and benediction. The program will also include a firing of salute.
Memorial Day observances in Florence begin at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Father Hien Nguyen of Holy Family Parish will lead the service, which will include a gun salute and playing of “Taps.”
Ron “Doc” Herndon, who served as a combat medic in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart, will speak at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terri Lehman will lay a wreath in memory of service members who died for their country. There will be a gun salute and playing of “Taps.”
There will be a light lunch at the American Legion hall in Florence after the service at Hillcrest Cemetery.
A Memorial Day service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Pilsen Cemetery, organized by the Pilsen Cemetery Board.
William E. Benda will give the welcome, and Deanna Klenda will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. L. Edward Davies will present the American Creed and Fr. Kapaun Prayer.
Benda will read the Veterans Honor Roll. There will be a prayer and wreath-laying ceremony for prisoners of war and missing in action service members.
Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post No. 347 of Lincolnville will give a rifle salute. Mary (Konarik) Griffith will sing “Taps,” accompanied by Tabitha Oborny on trumpet.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Pilsen Community Center.
There will be a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lewis Cemetery, with the Rev. Clark Davis as speaker.
Pat Wick and Jessica Gilbert will provide special music.
A potluck dinner will be held at noon with fried chicken provided. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish.
Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post 347 will present a Memorial Day Program at 10:30 a.m. at Lincolnville Cemetery. The Rev. Alan Stahlecker will be the speaker.
A gun salute and “Taps” will be led by Wes Fenske. Music will be led by the Fenske family.
Lost Springs Cemetery
The American Legion Auxiliary has arranged a Memorial Day service for 10 a.m. Monday at the Lost Springs Cemetery.
Nick Gonzalez, president of the Lost Springs High School Alumni Association will be the guest speaker.
The Basore Women will lead the flag salute and “Taps.” Barbara Murray will lead group singing.
Colberg-Smith American Legion Post 147 of Burdick will have several Memorial Day services on Monday: Diamond Springs Cemetery, 8:30 a.m.; Wilsey Cemetery, 9 a.m.; Delavan Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.; Mitchell Valley Cemetery, 10 a.m.; Mission Valley Cemetery, 10:15 a.m.; Methodist Cemetery, 10:30 a.m.; and Hebron Lutheran Church, 11 a.m. The Rev. J.J. Beck will speak at the Lutheran church.
There will be a simple ceremony at 10 a.m. in Cedar Point, with a gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
Memorial weekend services in the Goessel area consist of a service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Goessel Mennonite Cemetery, a service at 10 a.m. on Monday at Tabor Mennonite Cemetery, and a service at 11 a.m. on Monday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Cemetery.