Memorial Day events to honor Kansas veterans

Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita will hold a service and flag-raising to honor veterans on Memorial Day.
Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita will hold a service and flag-raising to honor veterans on Memorial Day. File photo

Memorial Day will be observed Monday in Kansas and across the nation as people pause to remember the veterans who sacrificed their lives.

Here are some planned observances across Kansas on Monday.



Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery, 11800 W. Kellogg, 11 a.m. – Events include a flyover by the Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Featured speakers include U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Mayor Jeff Longwell and Col. Albert Miller, commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base.

Hundreds of people gathered at Resthaven Cemetery in west Wichita on Monday for its annual Memorial Day service on May 25, 2015. (Video by Jerry Siebenmark/The Wichita Eagle)

Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N. Veterans Parkway, 8 a.m. – The service includes a flag raising and presentation by Richard Lewallen, anti-terrorism program manager for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department. The ceremony will feature music and the laying of wreaths at the various memorials.

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

Lakeview Cemetery and Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St., 10 a.m. – Guest speakers include Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Huggins from McConnell Air Force Base and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo.



Waco Cemetery, 400 block of West 95th Street South (between Broadway and Seneca), 9 a.m. – Featured speaker is David Kennedy, VFW representative with the Robert J. Dole Veterans Administration Medical Center. Following the service, there will be a 21-gun salute.



Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N. College, committal shelter, 10 a.m. – Guest speaker will be Ret. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Susan Weathers, a Winfield High School graduate who served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 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. The Confederate Air Force Jayhawk Wing will do a flyover during the posting of colors.



Hesston Cemetery, 8600 W. Dutch Ave., 11 a.m. – Featured speakers include Harvey County Deputy Robert Guest and Newton Fire/EMS Chief Mark Willis. Local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will assist in the service. People are asked to bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be in the Hesston City Shop.

Kansas City


National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 W. 26th St., 10 a.m. – Featured speakers include U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver; Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James; and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Kansas City native Gen. Richard Myers.



Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW Sixth Ave. – The museum opens a history exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., active military members and their families will receive free admission. Events include the 35th Division Military band from noon to 2 p.m., artillery equipment from the Kansas Army National Guard, a climbing wall, obstacle course and food trucks. The exhibit, “Captured, the Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes,” features the life of James Clark Hughes, a Kansas soldier who served in the Kansas National Guard and the U.S. Army in both World Wars I and II. He also survived four Japanese prisoner of war camps. For more information, call 785-272-681 or go to kansasmuseum@kshs.org. The museum will be closed on Memorial Day.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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