Memorial service set Sunday at VFW Park
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at VFW Park in Tonganoxie, conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271.
The public is invited to join the post members as they honor veterans who gave their lives in service to their country.
The Rev. Rick Lamb of West Haven Baptist Church will deliver the memorial message, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will conduct a tree-planting ceremony. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
In Leavenworth, the Combined Arms Center and Foil Leavenworth salute battery and color guard will participate in two Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday.
One will be at 9 a.m. at the Leavenworth National Cemetery at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center; the other ceremony will be at 11:40 a.m. at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Relay for Life gets moving next week
Organizers are putting the final touches on the Tonganoxie area Relay for Life.
The 12-hour event begins at 7 p.m. June 1 at the Tonganoxie Junior High School track. The fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society will feature Dr. Matt Stein, Lawrence, as guest speaker.
The evening also will feature Sterling Thomas of Oldies 95 radio station and an auction. Other activities will take place throughout the evening.
A luminary lighting ceremony is set for 9 p.m. The luminaries will be lit in honor of someone who has cancer or in memory of someone who has lost a battle to cancer. Luminaries can be purchased for $5 each by calling Jerri Cooper, chairperson, at 369-3979. Names of those honorees will be read at 9 p.m.
In addition, a special survivor lap will kick off the relay. Each survivor will be given a T-shirt and a small gift from the relay committee. To participate, call Cooper.
Gardeners invited on benefit tour
Gardeners will have a chance to learn by example when Leavenworth County Historical Society holds a garden tour.
The "First City Garden Tour" is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 and will benefit the Carroll Mansion, a historical museum in Leavenworth. Participants will visit seven private gardens, as well as Union Park and the grounds of the Carroll Mansion.
Box lunches will be available. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Carroll Mansion Museum, Ginny's Antiques, Sally's Choices, Country Cupboard, Homestead Greenhouse and P.A. Kelly's. For more information, call (913) 682-7759.