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Veterans to be honored

May 23, 2008

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For the 10th year, Helen Harrell will help place American flags at Clinton Cemetery to honor veterans on Memorial Day.

"It's an awesome sight to see," she said.

Harrell and several other volunteers will place 37 flags along the cemetery's avenue entrance Monday.

"Our goal is to one day have a flag for every veteran," she said of the 130 veterans buried there.

Each flag that is either donated or purchased after a military burial service has a plastic sleeve on the handle that includes the veteran's name, rank and service dates.

"I think it's so important because of our veterans, what they have been through," Harrell said of continuing the cemetery's tradition. "I think sometimes we forget to remember."

The Avenue of Flags will be displayed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday at the cemetery, 247 N. 1250 Road, Berryton. American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of Lawrence will dedicate the flags during an 11:30 a.m. service.

Memorial Day activities

Other events will mark Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday

¢ At 9 a.m. the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and members of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will honor Union soldiers who served in the Civil War at Oak Hill and Maple Grove cemeteries, both at 16th Street and Oak Hill Avenue, and Pioneer Cemetery on Kansas University's West Campus near Irving Hill Road and Stewart Drive, by placing flags on the graves of each soldier. For more information, contact Brian Van Schmus at 423-4109.

¢ The Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., will open for the season. Its hours are 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily.

Memorial Day

¢ 10 a.m. American Legion Post No. 14 of Lawrence ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery.

¢ 11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony at Lawrence Memorial Park, near 15th and Haskell streets.

Comments

blessed3x 5 years, 11 months ago

My scouts and I are helping to place flags on headstones to honor the veterans in our area. I know many VFW's do this every year, but most VFW's are made up of elderly members that aren't as mobile as they once were. I would encourage everyone to contact their local VFW chapter to see if they need help setting out their flags. It only takes a couple of hours and it is the absolute LEAST we can do for these heroes.

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blue73harley 5 years, 11 months ago

I am thankful for all the vets but the WWll vets will always have a special place in my heart. My dad was a Marine that served in the Pacific theater.

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BalkansHawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Army Values:LoyaltyDutyRespectSelfless ServiceHonorIntegrityPersonal CourageI am proud of all who have served and are currently serving.

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RidgeRunner 5 years, 11 months ago

And to those returning home today from Iraq, WELCOME HOME!!Hooray!

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