Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852 were out in full force this morning placing U.S. flags at the gravestones of veterans in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Therman Wolfe, VFW commander, said the flags are part of the annual observation of Memorial Day.
"We do it for all our soldiers who have departed," he said, adding that organizations "adopt" Lawrence cemeteries to decorate veterans' gravestones for Memorial Day. Members of the VFW Auxiliary also placed special flags on the graves of women who served in the auxiliary.
The VFW and other veterans organizations are preparing for Monday's Memorial Day holiday, which honors the nation's war dead.
The VFW will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery.
"We'll perform a standard VFW ritual honoring our past comrades and their deeds," Wolfe said.
A former prisoner of war will address the crowd, followed by a firing squad salute to all veterans and the playing of taps.
The recent events in the Persian Gulf and the strong patriotism sweeping the country might help people realize the importance of honoring veterans, Wolfe said. "Thank goodness we don't have any Desert Storm casualties here," he said, but stressed that "the war's not over."
Other holiday ceremonies include:
The Loyd Beaten American Legion Post No. 228 in Baldwin will participate in services sponsored by the Vinland Church of Christ at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vinland Cemetery.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 will hold Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery, located just north of Teepee Junction.
The American Legion Dorsey Liberty Post No. 14 will conduct a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The United Veterans Organizations of Douglas County will conduct a memorial service at 1 p.m. Monday at the flagpole in South Park.