Archive for Saturday, May 25, 2002

Memorial Day activities planned

May 25, 2002


This Memorial Day, symbols will stir memories.

Lawrence veterans will fly flags at Oak Hill Cemetery  each set of stars and stripes representing one soldier who died in war. Gun salutes will peal through silent skies above memorial services. In Kansas City, Kan., the 76-year-old Liberty Memorial will be rededicated in the name of veterans of World War I.

More than 30 members of American Legion, Dorsey Liberty Post 14, will spend an hour early Monday placing about 180 flags along the drives of Oak Hill Cemetery.

"It's to memorialize veterans who have passed on," post member Kenneth Fisher said.

The post will have its Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at Clinton Cemetery.

Also at 11 a.m., Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852 will have a ceremony at Memorial Cemetery. Guest speaker will be State Sen. David Adkins, R-Leawood.

Josh Michael Cosgrove, a 16-year-old Lawrence Eagle Scout, is looking forward to a monumental Memorial weekend celebration taking place down the road in Kansas City, Kan. The Free State High School junior was the only Pelathe District scout selected to help at Saturday's rededication of the renovated, 217-foot-tall Liberty Memorial.

"I'm extremely excited," he said. "This is going to be like the best opportunity I've had in a while."

Cosgrove will work at the VIP gate, helping check the identifications of special guests and national and international dignitaries and escorting them to their places on stage.

The Liberty Memorial grounds open at 9 a.m. today. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Tonight, a lighting ceremony and concert will conclude with a fireworks display. Visitors must enter the site through gates on the south, which will be staffed by the Army Reserve's 325th Field Hospital Unit of Independence.

Roads around the memorial, including Main Street, Memorial Drive, Kessler Road and Penn Valley Drive, will be closed.

A Memorial Day ceremony will be at the Liberty Memorial from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

Also on Monday, there will be Memorial Day ceremonies at Leavenworth National Cemetery and Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The medical center ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Lt. Gen. James Riley, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, will speak at the 11:40 a.m. fort ceremony. Jean Ramirez, president of the National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812, Lt. Thomas Blair Chapter, will lay a wreath at Henry Leavenworth's grave.

The ceremonies are open to the public. Parking at the fort is available in the Frontier Conference Center parking lot, across the street from the cemetery.

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