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  • Several Memorial Day events planned

  • Memorial Day will be marked with a variety of ceremonies around the county.


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  • Memorial Day will be marked with a variety of ceremonies around the county.
    One of the oldest ceremonies takes place at Iuka where they have held services for 128 years. The service starts at the Iuka United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. with concluding ceremonies at the Iuka Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.
    The service will include guest speaker Ken Stanton, owner of Heartland Mortuary in Preston.
    A “Roll Call of the Dead,” similar the first ceremony held on June 27, 1885, will follow the Civil War custom of calling the name of each soldier twice and if no answer came a drum was sounded twice to signify the solder was presumed dead.
    The same is done for the deceased Iuka Veterans plus a flag for each veteran is placed in a fan shaped stand.
    The Gettysburg Address will be read and the choir will sing patriotic songs featuring solos by Jason Reed of Hutchinson.
    Following the church service a brief ceremony will be held at the Iuka Cemetery featuring a vocal selection, placement of flowers at the Civil War Veteran’s Monuments, a salute to the dead and Taps.
    Ceremonies will also take place at the B-29 All Veterans Memorial at the Pratt Regional Airport.
    The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. on Memorial Day with the arrival of the American Legion Riders Honor Guard, Christian Riders and Defenders followed by the National Anthem and Invocation.
    Leonard and Marina Pohl will provide special music and the guest speaker will be Kansas Army National Guard Lt. Col. Thomas Burke that recently returned from a tour of duty in Africa.
    The service will conclude the playing of Taps and the exit of the motorcycle riders.
    The American Legion Post 98 at Isabel will conduct Memorial Day services at the following times and locations: 8:30 a.m. Coats Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. Ellenwood Cemetery at Sawyer, 10:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Cemetery in Nashville, 10:45 a.m. at the Nashville Liberty Cemetery and 11:30 a.m. at the Isabel Cemetery.
     
     
     

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