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Memorial Day options abound

May 21, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: May 21, 2008, 10:49 a.m.

VFW Park in Tonganoxie will be the site of Memorial Day observances Sunday.

Elmer Tanking, post commander for the Tonganoxie VFW, said the event will begin at 2 p.m. at the park. There will be a rifle salute, "Taps" will be played and the large United States flag at the park will be raised and lowered. In addition, Rev. Mark Goldasich of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie will give a speech.

If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the nearby post home.

Here is information on other Memorial Day weekend activities in the area:

McLouth

McLouth ceremonies all will be held Sunday. McLouth Cemetery services will start at 11 a.m. Fowler Cemetery will have its services at 2 p.m. Sunday and Wildhorse Cemetery will have its services at 2:30 p.m.

Basehor

The city of Basehor will show its support for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday with plenty of American flags.

The Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars recently received permission from the city as well as Westar Energy to install metal flag brackets on each of the 58 power line poles lining 155th Street from Leavenworth Road to U.S. Highway 24-40.

"Late Friday afternoon prior to the evening hours we'll go put up the flags," VFW vice commander Ed Bush said. "They're the standard flags you would put up on homes."

A grant from Wal-Mart and donations from the city and local businesses helped pay for the project, Bush said. The flags will be taken down Tuesday, but will be placed back on the poles for other appropriate holidays including Flag Day, June 14 and Independence Day, July 4.

"Basically we're one of the few communities that doesn't have a parade of flags," he said. "We wanted the city to show its support."

Also on Friday, members of the VFW will head to Glenwood Cemetery on 158th Street to place flags by the graves of veterans. Bush said this has been a tradition of the VFW for several years.

The VFW will also host a ceremony at noon on Monday at Glenwood Cemetery.

For more information on Memorial Day ceremonies this weekend, visit www.tonganoxiemirror.com online.

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