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Archive for Thursday, May 27, 1999

VFW, AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES HONOR VETERANS

May 27, 1999

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Flags will be flying high Monday as millions of Americans remember lost loved ones as part of Memorial Day.

The day, dedicated to veterans and other deceased, brings Americans to cemeteries to honor friends and family.

Locally, both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will pay tribute to those who have died.

Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion will hold a half-hour service at 10 a.m. Monday in the veterans' plot of Oak Hill Cemetery.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Lawrence's vice mayor, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jim Henry.

In the background, 300 flags representing veterans will be flown in the American Legion's Avenue of Flags.

"Every flag represents an individual veteran," said Leo Langlois, past post commander. "They go in the same spot every year."

Members of the American Legion will remain in the cemetery to help families find gravesites.

Across the street at Memorial Park Cemetery, Alford-Clarke Post 852 of the VFW will hold a service honoring veterans, especially those who served in foreign wars, at 11 a.m.

Mayor Erv Hodges and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Wood, an adjunct professor at Kansas University, will speak at the 15-minute memorial service.

The VFW's Avenue of Flags will ring the entire cemetery, post commander Tom Meek said.

Both ceremonies seek to honor veterans and remind families not to forget them.

"We honor all those who served their country," Meek said.

-- Josh Funk's phone message number is 832-7222. His e-mail is jfunk@ljworld.com.

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