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Memorial Day events in Wichita area to honor veterans

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 7:31 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, May 27, 2013, at 9:24 a.m.

Memorial Day is a weekend to honor the past, celebrate the promise of summer and enjoy the company of family and friends. It also is a time when area veterans and cemetery associations host special services and events.


Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Veterans Parkway, 8 a.m. Monday. The Air Capital Detachment of the Marine Corps League will conduct a Memorial Day program, beginning with the raising of the flag promptly at 8 a.m. The program will last approximately 45 minutes; all veterans and the public are invited.

Greenwood Cemetery, 6231 W. 47th St. South, 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Greg Smith of Central Community Church will lead the services. Featured music will be from the World War I era. Assisting in the services will be the Tornado Alley Young Marines, the Air National Guard and VFW Post 6957 Ritual Team.

Lakeview Cemetery and Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St., 10 a.m. Monday, service. Cemetery will have an Avenue of Flags.

Resthaven Mortuary & Cemetery, 11800 W. Kellogg, 11 a.m. Monday. Events include a flyover of the Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Featured speakers include Rep. Mike Pompeo and Col. Charles Carlton.

White Chapel Memorial Gardens, 1824 N. Oliver, 8 a.m. Monday. Members of the Arthur Gossett American Legion Post 273 will meet at Gossett’s grave to pay tribute to those who served, sacrificed and fell in battle for freedom. After the service, the post will hold a Memorial Day breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the post, 1335 N. Hydraulic. A $5 donation is requested.


Elmwood Cemetery, 501 E. 12th Ave., 9 a.m. Monday. Service includes presentation of colors and wreath. Guest speaker is Kelly Herzet, Butler County sheriff. In case of inclement weather, a shortened program will be held at the National Guard Armory in Augusta.


Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, 1311 World War II Memorial Drive, 10 a.m. Monday. Guest speaker is Jim Buterbaugh, vice chairman of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony by the Winfield American Legion Post No. 10 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3544. The Winfield City Band will provide music.

Fort Riley

Events start at 11:40 a.m. Monday near the main post complex. Maj. General Paul Funk, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera, the senior enlisted soldier in the division, will lead the services. Fort Riley, as well as other major military installations, will have a 21-gun salute at noon followed by the playing of the National Anthem and the flag flown at full staff.

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