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Memorial Day ceremonies set for Ellsworth County and area

POSTED: May 25, 2012 7:00 a.m.
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Members of the Ellsworth VFW and American Legion participate in 2010 Memorial Day activities.

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Ellsworth County residents will pause to remember those who fought and died in defense of the United States, during Memorial Day ceremonies Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28.
Memorial Day ceremonies will be conducted at the following locations:
 • Ellsworth — From 6 to 6:30 a.m., members of Paul L. Aylward American Legion Post 174 and Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6485 will raise the avenue of flags at the east and west cemeteries in Ellsworth, along Douglas Avenue, at the Good Samaritan Cemetery, St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery and Carnerio Cemetery.
At 8 a.m., Judge Ron Svaty will speak at a ceremony conducted by the American Legion and VFW at East Cemetery.
At 9 a.m., Judge Svaty will speak at a ceremony conducted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
At 10 a.m., a parade begins with a memorial service at the Ellsworth Veterans Memorial located at the Ellsworth County Courthouse. Participating will be members of the American Legion and VFW, their auxiliaries, distinguished guests, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire USA.
At 10:15 a.m., American Legion and VFW members will conduct a memorial service at the Smoky Hill River bridge on Douglas Avenue. Flowers will be provided by the Boy Scouts.
At 10:30 a.m., Judge Svaty will speak at a ceremony conducted by American Legion and VFW members at the West Cemetery.
At 11:30 a.m., Judge Svaty will speak at a ceremony conducted by American Legion and VFW members at Carnerio Cemetery.
At 1 p.m., lunch will be served by the ladies auxiliary at the Ellsworth American Legion.
At 4:30 p.m., American Legion and VFW members will lower the flags. Also at 4:30 p.m., a flag disposal ceremony will be conducted at the West Cemetery in Ellsworth to dispose of unserviceable flags damaged in the May 4 fire at the Ellsworth VFW. The public is invited to attend.
• Kanopolis — At 10 a.m., members of the Harvey Merrill American Legion Post 329 will conduct a memorial service at Kanopolis Cemetery. The speaker will be the Rev. Steve Holmes of the Kanopolis Methodist Church.
At 11 a.m., legion members will have a service at Buckeye Cemetery.
At 11:30 a.m., a brief ceremony will be conducted at the Grubb Bridge.
• Wilson — At 9:30 a.m., members of the Msgr. John F. McManus American Legion Post 262 will lay a wreath at the veterans monument in Legion Park.
At 9:45 a.m., legion members will lay a wreath at the command post, and Pastor Joe DiVietro will offer a prayer. Members will march from the Avenue of Flags to Wilson City Cemetery.
At 10 a.m., Pastor DiVietro will give the prayer and Magdalene Slaven will sing the National Anthem at the cemetery. After a reading of General Logan’s Order No. 11 by Bob Malir Jr. Dr. Eugene Jaris of Ellsworth will read the roll call. Wallace Weber, Post 262 commander, will introduce the ceremony speaker, Wayne McReynolds of Great Bend, past state commander of the Kansas American Legion.
At the conclusion of McReynold’s speech, Denise Slaven will sing  “God Bless America.” Pastor DiVietro will then give the closing prayer, and American Legion members will fire a volley salute. Andrea Mattas will then play taps.
Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be served at the American Legion post home in Wilson. The public is invited to attend.
• Holyrood — At 7 p.m. Sunday, members of the Lloyd J, Schroeder American Legion Post 200 in Holyrood will conduct a ceremony at Lorraine Cemetery.
At 9 a.m. Monday, legionnaires will conduct a service at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery.
At 9:30 a.m., legionnaires will conduct a service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.
At 11 a.m. Monday, a Memorial Day ceremony at Palacky Cemetery will take place. Pastor Billy Kryger of the Smoky Hill Baptist Church in Ellsworth will be the speaker. This program is organized by members of the Holyrood American Legion. Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be served at the American Legion post home in Holyrood. The public is invited to attend.
• Dorrance — At 9:40 a.m. Monday, members of the Dorrance American Legion Post 334, Dorrance American Legion Auxiliary Unit 334 and Dorrance Sons of the American Legion Squadron 334 will parade from Main Street to Dorrance City Cemetery, where they will conduct a Memorial Day observance. Sister Diane Wagner of the First Lutheran Church will give the invocation, followed by Mary Ann (Herber) Steinle singing the National Anthem. After the community recites the Pledge of Allegiance, Dorrance Mayor Bob Boatright will introduce the speaker, Max O. Heim of Hays, superintendent of schools, and professor of educational leadership.
At the conclusion of Heim’s speech, Gerald Staudinger will read the Roll of Honor, and members of the Dorrance American Legion Auxiliary Unit 334 will honor the dead. The American Legion rifle squad under the direction of Edward Heffel, sergeant-at-arms, will fire the volley.  Michael Anschutz will play taps, and Steinle will sing Amazing Grace. Sister Wagner will give the benediction. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be conducted in the Dorrance Community Auditorium.
At noon, an open house and potluck meal will be served at the Dorrance American Legion post home.
• Claflin — At 10:30 a.m. Monday, members of the Ralph B. Praeger VFW Post 8668 and the Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a Memorial Day service at Pleasant View Cemetery in Claflin.

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lee: June 15, 2012 12:29 a.m.

I was born and raised in Ellsworth, my father Keith Woodmansee and Uncle Russell Woodmansee were both Past Commanders at the Vfw, so sorry to hear the Vfw burned down. The community needs to have fund raisers to build a new Vfw for the Ellsworth Community, so a new building can be built up on the highway by the American Legion if possible that would be great!



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