Memorial Day 2014 was commemorated in Emporia on Monday with a traditional service at the All Veterans Memorial.
About 100 people attended on a warm, humid morning. Chief Warrant Officer Kristopher LeMaster, the guest speaker, told the audience to remember the sacrifices of soldiers past and present.
The service featured a reading of the names of Lyon County veterans who passed away over the last 12 months, as well as prayers and laying of wreaths. It also featured an announcement about a change to the layout of the memorial. Local veteran Frank Lowery is among several veterans who have been working for years to create a new Walk of Honor for county veterans. That appears closer to reality now, with the new Walk of Honor on the west side of the Grant Timmerman Memorial Pavilion instead of the east side as it currently sits.
Lowery credited City Horticulturist Dave McCullough and local architect Dave Emig for their work in bringing the project to this point. Costs haven't been determined.
Chase County also held a Memorial Day service at the All Veterans Park in Cottonwood Falls. Local veteran Charles Rayl said the ceremony was very "dignified."
The next special ceremony at Chase County's All Veterans Park will be on Flag Day, June 14.