Events planned in Kansas for Memorial Day

Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery is covered in colorful flowers and flags for the annual Memorial Day celebration. (May 26, 2014)
Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery is covered in colorful flowers and flags for the annual Memorial Day celebration. (May 26, 2014) File photo

This Memorial Day weekend throughout Kansas, there will be flyovers and flags. Graves will be decorated.

And, for a moment, people will give pause to remember the veterans who sacrificed their lives.

Here are some planned observances in Kansas for Memorial Day on Monday.


Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Veterans Parkway, 8 a.m. The service includes a flag raising and presentation by Troy Houtman, director of Wichita’s Park and Recreation and an Army veteran from Desert Storm. A tour of the park will be held after the scheduled program, with many veterans in attendance to answer questions.

Lakeview Cemetery and Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St., 10 a.m. Guest speaker is Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Wilson from McConnell Air Force Base, with vocal performance by Zachery Dziadul.

Greenwood Cemetery, 6231 W. 47th St. South, 11 a.m. This year’s observance honors those who fought in the Vietnam War. Minister Byron Barrientez from 47th Street Church of Christ will officiate. Assisting will be the Tornado Alley Young Marines and Carol McDonald and Brad Reed from Central Community Church.

Resthaven Mortuary & Cemetery, 11800 W. Kellogg, 11 a.m. Events include a flyover by the Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Featured speakers are U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Col. Albert Miller from McConnell Air Force Base.


Hesston Cemetery, 8600 W. Dutch Ave., 11 a.m. The memorial address will be given by retired Master Sgt. Anthony Scofield, who grew up near Newton. He served in the Kansas National Guard and U.S. Army. Local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will assist in the service.

Kansas City

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo. At 10 a.m., there will be a formal program. This weekend at the museum there will be a traveling Vietnam Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall will be on display on the southeast lawn of the National World War I Museum.


Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N. College, 10 a.m. at the cemetery committal shelter. Guest speaker will be former Petty Officer 2nd Class Rick Hathaway, who served aboard the USS Cook. There will be a memorial balloon release containing the names of Kansans who lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Music will be provided by the Winfield Municipal Band. People are asked to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

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