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Lawrence, Douglas County war memorials honor those who served in wars dating back to Bleeding Kansas

Interactive map provides locations, information on area memorials

Kerry Altenbernd, tour coordinator for Black Jack Battlefield, describes the battle, the first armed conflict between pro- and anti-slavery forces. Altenbernd says that many historians believe that the battle at Black Jack, three miles east of Baldwin City, was the beginning of the Civil War.

May 27, 2011

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Lawrence honors those who have died in service

View a list of the men and women of Douglas County who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.

Some are in plain view — such as the Memorial Campanile honoring Kansas University students who died in World War II.

Others are less prominent and much smaller.

Regardless of size or visibility, Douglas County features many memorials honoring people who served in wars dating back to the Bleeding Kansas days leading up to the Civil War.

“I think it’s really great that this community recognizes those folks who have given their lives on our behalf,” said Judy Billings, president of Destination Management Inc. in Lawrence.

Jerry Karr, a Vietnam veteran and president of the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post, says it’s not surprising Douglas County has several memorials because of the area’s history with the Battle of Black Jack east of Baldwin City, Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence and the number of residents who served in World War II and other 20th century wars.

“When people lose loved ones, feelings run high and they want to have a memorial for those people,” said Karr, a retired Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical division chief.

Those feelings run even higher on Memorial Day weekend, as veterans, family members and the public visit memorials.

Below is a map of the well-known (and some perhaps not-so-well-known) memorials in Douglas County:

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Douglas County Memorials Map


View Douglas County War Memorials in a larger map

Zoom in and click on individual markers for a photo and brief history of each memorial.

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