Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day and an opportunity for Americans to honor those men and women who have died in the service of this country. Also known as Decoration Day, many people will be visiting national monuments and cemeteries too.
In Richmond, those who wish to observe Memorial Day and attend a ceremony may go to Richmond Memory Gardens, approximately a mile east of Richmond on Highway 10. At 10 a.m., the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard will be present for a 21-gun veteran’s salute. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Bob Nance.
In Hardin, beginning at 10 a.m., a service will be held at the Hardin Cemetery. The guest speaker will be Rev. John Hackman.
Later in the afternoon, at 2 p.m., a ceremony will take place at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery, located 3/4 mile east of Highway 13 on Business Highway 13 in Higginsville. Congressman Ike Skelton will be the guest speaker. For more information, please call 660-584-5252.
Residents may also wish to travel to Norborne to visit “The Wall That Heals.” This is a traveling, scaled-down version of the Wall that is located in Washington, D.C. To see the wall, and walk the length of it is very moving. Many visitors bring paper to make shaded etchings of their loved one’s name. Families gather and even bring flowers and other memorabilia to honor their veteran(s). Volunteers are setting the exhibit up now and more are needed. Please call 660-542-4299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The public is encouraged to take some time and visit the various local cemeteries and perhaps the Liberty Memorial and other sites.
Veterans will be accepting donations for poppies at East Main and Spartan Drive in Richmond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The poppy is in remembrance of World War I and the poem “In Flander’s Field,” written in 1915 by Canadian poet John McCrae. McCrae was a medical officer in both the Boer War and WW I.