Residents of Miami County will be able to participate in various services Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.
Two Memorial Day services will be offered in Paola on Monday — one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
The service times will be the same this year as they have been in the past. A Memorial Day service will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at the Paola Cemetery, and an afternoon service will take place at 1 p.m. at the Miami County Veterans Memorial, which is located at the intersection of Baptiste and Hospital drives.
During the services, names of deceased veterans will be read and members of the Ladies Auxiliary will present a wreath.
Veteran Pete Bell will be the guest speaker during the morning service, and Kansas Army National Guard Capt. Ed Raschen will be the guest speaker during the afternoon service.
While some seating will be provided, it is suggested that those attending bring lawn chairs.
Louisburg American Legion Post 250 members, along with some VFW members, will be presenting Memorial Day services at six cemeteries.
The first ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Louisburg Cemetery. Legion members will then travel to several nearby cemeteries for similar services. St. Mary’s is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., followed by Glenwild at 10 a.m., Wea at 10:30 a.m., Aubry at 11 a.m. and Bucyrus at 11:30 a.m.
Each of the services will include a chaplain’s prayer, a brief speech by Legion Commander Wayne Knop, the laying of the wreath by the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Princess, and a 21-gun salute and taps presentation by the Honor Guard to salute fallen comrades.
Members of the Harry McDill Post 381 Fontana American Legion will be presenting three different Memorial Day services Monday.
The first will take place at 9 a.m. at the Beagle Cemetery, followed by a service at 10 a.m. at the Cadmus Cemetery and 11 a.m. at the Fontana Cemetery.
Spring Hill’s Memorial Day service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Spring Hill Cemetery. Sen. Molly Baumgardner will be the guest speaker, and the service will also feature a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.