There’s no better place to be than WaKeeney this weekend, where ceremony and fun celebrate everything great about Memorial Day!
WaKeeney City Cemetery’s Remembrance Ceremony
Begin this day of remembrance honoring our ancestors at the WaKeeney City Cemetery’s Memorial Day service. The ceremony starts at 9am with a welcome by WaKeeney’s mayor and a benediction by Rev. Bob Clemence. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will form the Honor Guard, with taps played by Brandon Paine. There will also be a special musical performance by the Geifer Family.
Services at the Catholic Cemetery will be held at 9:30am, with Fr. Charlie Steier officiating.
Memorial Day Ceremony at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery
The Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery has planned a beautiful ceremony to honor the memories of our Kansas military men and women at their 12th Annual Memorial Day Services. They’ll begin at 10am along the cemetery’s Avenue of Flags.
Rev. Randy Gibbs will open the ceremony with a bagpipe solo and Gregg Howell will perform the National Anthem.as the Kansas National Guard, Color and Honor Guard post the color. Fr. Charlie Steier will give the Invocation and a welcome by Cemetery Manager, Heidi Goff, will follow.
The Armed Forces Medley will by performed by the Hays High Plains Barbershop Chapter Chorus, followed by a speech by Amanda Legleiter from the American Legion Riders called, “What Do We Do? —Patriotism.”
Afterwards, the Barbershop Chorus, accompanied by Rev. Randy Gibbs, will perform “Amazing Grace” as the VFW Auxillary Post 3449 places wreaths on the graves while 83 balloons are released by the American Legion Riders to honor the Kansas troops who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A riderless horse will be escorted by The Calvary Re-enactment Troop in the traditional “Remembrance of the Fallen” as the Barbershop Chorus performs “America the Beautiful Overlay.”
US Army Veteran, Sgt. Chris Goble will give the roll call and a three volley salute will be executed by the WaKeeney VFW Post 3449 as Gregg Howell and Travis Phillips perform Echo Taps.
A poem called, “Ragged Old Flag” will be recited by Larry Henderson, who will also perform the song “50,000 Names.” Heidi Goff will offer closing remarks, thenthe Barbershop Chorus will perform “God Bless America” and a benediction by Fr. Charlie Steier will conclude the ceremony.
Opening Day at the WaKeeney Water Park
Dive into summer fun at the WaKeeney Water Park! Take a wild ride down the slide, cool your toes in the shallow end, or just lie in the sun soaking up rays. The park opens for the summer season on Sunday, May 29, Monday thru Friday; 1-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday; 1-5 pm, with evening hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 6–8 pm. And, when you’re done with your swim, take your kids to the playground and have a picnic under the shade of our beautiful trees.
A Weekend of Racing at WaKeeney Speedway
Two days of thrilling action will be rolling down WaKeeney’s dirt track this Sunday and Monday. Racing fans from across Northwest Kanas will cheer on their favorite drivers as they compete for the title of Memorial Day Race champion. For more information check out our previous post, “Let the Thunder Roll at the WaKeeney Speedway” or their Facebook page for the latest updates.
Everyone will find something to celebrate when they spend Memorial Day in WaKeeney!