Veterans organizations throughout the area will pay homage to the war dead today during annual Memorial Day ceremonies.
In Lawrence, three ceremonies are scheduled this morning: at 9 a.m. in Maple Grove Cemetery, conducted by Lawrence Disabled American Veterans; at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, conducted by Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of the American Legion; and at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery, conducted by Alford-Clarke Post 852 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In honor of Memorial Day, Gov. Bill Graves is encouraging all Kansans to observe a minute of reflection at 3 p.m. today.
The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day was established by an act of Congress to honor citizens who died in service to the United States. Graves said the Moment of Remembrance should be used to reflect on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives for their country.
Those driving are asked to turn on their vehicles headlights at 3 p.m., and radio and television stations are urged to announce the Moment of Remembrance and play "Taps."
Here are the area services today:
Baldwin 10 a.m., Oakwood Cemetery, conducted by American Legion Post 228.
Clinton 11:30 a.m., Clinton Cemetery, conducted by American Legion Post 14.
DeSoto 8 a.m., Silent City Cemetery, DeSoto Veterans of Foreign Wars will post flags. A ceremony at City Hall will follow.
Jefferson County American Legion Post 36 will conduct services at: 9 a.m., Meriden Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Catholic Cemetery of Meriden; 10 a.m., Ozawkie Cemetery; 10:30 a.m., Fairview Cemetery; 11 a.m., McLouth Cemetery; 11:40 a.m., Oskaloosa Cemetery.
Ottawa 10 a.m., Highland Cemetery, conducted by Ottawa Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Leavenworth 9 a.m., Leavenworth National Cemetery at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Col. Micheal Lansing, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth chief of staff, will be the guest speaker; and 11:40 a.m., Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Brig. Gen. David Huntoon will officiate the ceremony.