Three local veterans groups will conduct Memorial Day services Monday.
Veterans groups are inviting friends, relatives and those who served in the armed forces to attend Memorial Day services on Monday morning.
"It's for all of our brothers who died in the wars," said Ed Gibler, commanding officer of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 852, 138 Ala.
"The main thing is just remembering and honoring our dead," he said.
Local veterans groups will conduct ceremonies at the following times and places:
- The Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 22 will hold services at 9 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, located north of Teepee Junction at U.S. Highways 24-40 and 59.
- The American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 will hold ceremonies at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill, east of Lawrence near 13th Street.
- The VFW will conduct its ceremonies at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, on East 15th Street. The ceremonies will include an honor guard and playing of taps. The guest speaker at the VFW ceremonies will be state Sen. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence.
Veterans, nonveterans and their families are invited to the ceremonies, organizers said.
In addition to veterans, others who have died in the past year are remembered, said Richard Miller, service officer for the United Veterans Organization of Douglas County.
Memorial Day has its roots in the Civil War.
In 1868, Gen. John Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued an order designating the day as one in which the graves of soldiers would be decorated.
The holiday, originally called Decoration Day, was devoted to honoring the memory of those who fell in the Civil War.
It is now dedicated to the memory of all war dead.