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Archive for Monday, May 31, 2010

Two Lawrence ceremonies honor Memorial Day veterans

Lawrence ceremonies mark Memorial Day

Eudora residents, from left, Simeon Chrislip, 5, Joel Jubber, 3, and Caleb Chrislip, 5, touch the grave of their great-grandfather in Memorial Park Cemetery as Diane Chrislip talks about his legacy on Memorial Day.

Eudora residents, from left, Simeon Chrislip, 5, Joel Jubber, 3, and Caleb Chrislip, 5, touch the grave of their great-grandfather in Memorial Park Cemetery as Diane Chrislip talks about his legacy on Memorial Day.

May 31, 2010

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— It was a morning of remembrance and mourning, but also celebration, at two local cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday.

Memorial Day 2010

Soldiers gathered at Fort Riley to celebrate Memorial Day. Current soldiers reflected on those lost and remembered what they gave for the country.

At Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave., The American Legion was host to its annual ceremony honoring past and current soldiers. It featured a two-bell ceremony in remembrance of local veterans who died in the last year. A bell was rung twice after each fallen soldier’s name was read.

Major George Coleman, U.S. Army, spoke at the event and stressed the importance of not just mourning those lost, but celebrating their lives as well.

“‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,’” said Coleman, quoting General George S. Patton.

“To that, I say, rejoice,” Coleman added.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars had a ceremony of its own about a half-hour later, just a block south at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1517 E. 15th St. The VFW administered a 21-gun salute to honor those lost in battle.

Dan Parker, a sergeant in the Marine Corps during his 2003 and 2004 tours in Iraq, was a rifleman in the salute.

“They gave the greatest sacrifice of all. They gave all of their tomorrows for our today, so we have to take that day and make the best out of it that we can.”

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mdrndgtl 4 years, 3 months ago

When asked his opinion regarding popular culture in America today, Coleman replied “What you talkin bout Willis?

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