Several area ceremonies are planned this weekend in honor of Memorial Day.
“It’s an opportunity to honor the bravery of people who have given their lives for the country and our freedom and show our appreciation to them and their family members,” said Capt. Thomas Arnold, commanding officer for the Naval ROTC unit at Kansas University.
Arnold will speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery.
The VFW ceremony follows the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14’s 10 a.m. ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Legion will also perform the Clinton Cemetery Memorial Day service at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Legionnaires will begin placing 300 American flags along the Oak Hill Cemetery driveway at 7 a.m. Monday. Anyone from the public is welcome to come assist then or at 4 p.m., when the flags are collected.
Other area Memorial Day events throughout the weekend include:
• Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts helping members of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War place flags on markers for Union veterans at Oak Hill Cemetery. They will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
• A memorial service for benefactor Alfred Bromelsick will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, led by Boy Scouts with Girl Scouts and 4-H members in attendance.
• The 123rd Memorial Day observance ceremony will be 9 a.m. Monday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow, of Fort Leavenworth, will give the Memorial Day address.
• A Boy Scout troop will perform an American flag retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday outside the lake near the VFW post, 138 Ala.