Memorial Day Events Planned
KSAL Staff - May 23, 2015 6:00 am
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Ceremonies to remember, and honor those in the military will be held in Salina, and across Kansas on Memorial Day Monday.
Three different events are planned in Salina.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host the first event beginning at 10:00, at Gypsum Hill Cemetery.
The second event will follow immediately, hosted by the American Legion, in Roselawn Cemetery.
Ceremonies will culminate with the third event at 11:00 at the Saline County War Memorial in Sunset Park. Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard will be the featured speaker.
Numerous other ceremonies are also planned across the state, many with support from the Kansas National Guard.
All of the following events are scheduled for Monday:
Lt. Col. Shea Weide, commander of the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Attica cemetery. The ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m.
Maj. Justin T Nusz, administrative officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, will be the guest speaker for a Memorial Day ceremony at Katie Park Cemetery, East 14th Street, Chanute. Staff Sgt. Melvin E. Eubanks, Forward Support Company, 891st Engineers, will speak, and then place a wreath in memory of local veterans. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Coyle, training noncommissioned officer, 250th Forward Support Company, Clay Center, will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony in Clifton. The ceremony, sponsored by the Clifton American Legion Post, begins at 10 a.m. in Berner Memorial Park.
Col. Dave Johnson, chief of staff for the 35th Infantry Division, will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony in Hiawatha. Retired Col. William Vonderschmidt will be the emcee for the ceremony. The ceremony will be held at the Brown County Historical Society Museum, 611 Utah St., and will begin at 10 a.m.
Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Paola and Lenexa, will provide a rifle salute for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Hillsdale Cemetery. The ceremony begins at 11:15 a.m.
Maj. Chuck Leivan, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery; Lt. Col. Erich Campbell, Senior Army Advisor, Kansas National Guard, members of VFW 1367 and Boy Scout Troop 3064 will place flags at on all veterans’ graves in Jackson County. The schedule of cemeteries can be found at <http://www.holtonrecorder.net/news/veterans-groups-plan-memorial-day-cemetery-tours>
The Holton VFW and American Legion Post will also hold a joint service at 11 a.m. at the Holton Cemetery, followed by an 11:55 a.m. ceremony at the Fallen Soldier Memorial on the southeast corner of Holton’s town square. A luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 926 W 6th, Holton.
Capt. Tyson Winingham, battalion training officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Methodist Church, 302 W. McClellan Ave. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Sgt. Andrew Hughes, training noncommissioned officer for the 995th Maintenance Company, will be the guest speaker for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fairview Cemetery, Hwy 183 and Park St, Phillipsburg. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Immediately following additional ceremonies will be held at the Glade and Speed cemeteries.
Soldiers from Detachment 1, 1161st Forward Support Company, Pratt, will provide a color guard and rifle salute for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Pratt Municipal Airport B-29 All Vets Memorial, 40096 Runway Blvd. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Paola and Lenexa, will provide a rifle salute for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Springhill Cemetery. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Chaplain (Col.) William David Jenkins, state chaplain for the Kansas National Guard and Sgt. 1st Class Jerry A. Hernandez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 635th Regional Support Group, will participate in the annual Massing of the Colors at the Great Overland Station, 701 N Kansas Ave. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Jenkins will provide the invocation and benediction. Hernandez will assist the Topeka High School’s Marine Corps JROTC with set-up for the event. A free BBQ luncheon is provided prior to the ceremony for military veterans and their families beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Staff Sgt. Lance Jones, battalion career counselor for the 997th Brigade Support Battalion, will be the guest speaker for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 403 South 13th. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Soldiers from the 997th Brigade Support Battalion and Recruiting Battalion will provide the color guard for the ceremony.
Master Sgt. Marla Urban, 184th Intelligence Wing, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be participating in a flag raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at the Operation Freedom Memorial, 339 W. Central. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m.
Urban and the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will also participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at White Chapel, 1806 N. Oliver. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Schmidtberger, 997th Brigade Support Battalion, will be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in Wilson. The program will take place at the American Legion, 419 27th Street, and begins at 10 a.m. Following the program, a ceremony will be held at the Wilson cemetery.
Brig. Gen. Robert Windham, commander of the Kansas Army National Guard and assistant adjutant general-Army, will be the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Gladstone, Missouri, city hall, 7010 N Holmes St. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.