Memorial Day: We will not forget!

Weekend events and Memorial Day activities highlight the service of those who are “gone but not forgotten.”

Throughout history, those who served and defended, those who have faced the greatest dangers and won the greatest battles, and those who died for their country received the highest honors.

On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned.

We honor their service, mourn their loss and remember the families they left behind. As we honor our fallen, we also embrace a feeling of honor, patriotism and pride. We remember and honor all those who died while on active duty, both overseas and in our homeland.

Multiple honor and remembrance ceremonies will be offered on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31. The public is invited to all services to participate in honoring those who served and gave all.

Due to COVID-19, the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing are encouraged. The public is invited to greet participating veterans and our distinguished speaker prior to the services.

The speaker at the Sabetha, Fairview and Woodlawn services will be Pastor Michael Dunaway, a pastor with the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Church Partnership.

Sabetha

The annual Memorial Day service at Sabetha Cemetery will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31. In case of inclement weather, the Sabetha service will move to The Main Event.

The public is invited to join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

The Sabetha Cemetery is in the middle of a major update. Drainage issues are being worked on and then dirt work will begin. Finally, new grass will be planted.

Fairview

The annual Memorial Day service will be held at the Memorial Walk at the Fairview Community Center at 9 a.m. Monday, May 31. In case of inclement weather, the Fairview service will move to the Fairview Community Center.

The public is invited to join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

Woodlawn

The annual Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. In case of inclement weather, the Woodlawn service will move to the Woodlawn Baptist Church.

The public is invited to join the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fairview-Morrill Post 322 and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 of the American Legion, as we remember and honor the legacy of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

Upon returning from Woodlawn, at about noon, the veteran detail – from the Sabetha, Fairview and Woodlawn services – will provide military honors at Albany Cemetery. This will include the gun salute, Taps and raising the American Flag to the top. There will not be a speaker or formal program at Albany Cemetery.

Bern

Memorial Day services in Bern will include the Bern Memorial Parade. At 10:30 a.m., the public is invited to gather at the park to pick up flowers. Then at 11 a.m., the parade will go from the park to Bern City Cemetery. A short program and bugle playing will occur.

The Bern area fallen veteran list also will be read. Those veterans include Lee Beyreis, Donald Ehrsam, John Allen Fankhauser, Fred Leuthold, Harlan Frey Jr., Ray Murdock and Robert Reist.

 

Reverend Michael Dunaway

Pastor Michael Dunaway

Retired Marine Reverend Michael J. Dunaway will be this year’s speaker at the Memorial Day services at Sabetha, Fairview and Woodlawn.

A retired Marine, Reverend Michael J. Dunaway is the Senior Pastor of the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Church Partnership, which comprises of First Lutheran in Sabetha, St. Paul Lutheran in Fairview, Immanuel Lutheran in rural Fairview and Zion Lutheran in Hiawatha.

He’s also the Circuit Visitor for Circuit One of the Kansas District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He has served the Lord and His people in northeast Kansas for more than 14 years.

Before entering the ministry, Dunaway served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from September 1971 until July 1992.

Upon his graduation from recruit training in San Diego, Calif., he was assigned to the newly formed Security and Law Enforcement Branch of Headquarters Marine Corps, MOS 5800.

Dunaway worked in law enforcement throughout his military career. Following prescribed training, he served as a Military Policeman, a Crime Prevention Specialist, a Criminal Investigator and as a Chief Investigator.

Gunny Sergeant Dunaway also served two years as both a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C., and while in Okinawa, Japan, he was assigned independent duty as a Special Agent with what is now called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

 

Avenue of Flags

Seventy-three flags have been chosen to fly at the Sabetha and Albany cemeteries. Flags numbered one through 48 will fly at Sabetha, and 49 through 73 will fly at Albany.

1. Wilbur J. Grimm

2. John H. Lucas

3. Victor C. Arick

4. Donald Davis

5. Leroy E. Leuze

6. Guy P. Wikle

7. Henry A. Plattner

8. Frederick Phillips

9. Ralph I. Cole

10. Wells E. Combs

11. Jim Strahm

12. William F. Kent

13. Earl J. Meyer

14. Patrick C. Reid

15. Harvey Lukert

16. Harold R. Kesler

17. Stanley Kent

18. Joe M. Gakle

19. Charles Kidwell

20. Marvin P. Aberle

21. Leonard Matthes

22. Norman H. Fike

23. Walter Painter

24. John F. Banks

25. Robert Evans

26. John Troxell

27. Wilmer Utter

28. Ralph E. “Mac” McCord

29. Donald Close

30. Gary Tyler

31. Eugene S. McClain

32. Noel F. Young

33. Robert W. Oberst

34. Albert Strahm

35. Jack Mock

36. William H. Thompson

37. Charles W. Ralston

38. Ronald Rucker

39. Leo Cain

40. Charles K. Hailey

41. Glen Strahm

42. Charles Meisner

43. Rankin Grussing

44. Paul Lukert

45. Kent M. Bestwick

46. Paul Wurzbacher

47. Gerald Rison

48. Betty J. Petry

49. August Shump

50. Kenneth G. Ralston

51. Leo J. Wiltz

52. Fred Ukele

53. Lee A. White

54. Harold E. Brown

55. Frederick “Pinky” Schneider

56. George Fowler

57. Eddie Rooney

58. Clemens R. Edelman

59. Lowell Wells

60. Robert Aberle

61. Max E. Gutknecht

62. Frederick J. Edelman

63. Victor Bailey

64. Neil F. Shell

65. Avis Boring

66. Herman Stones

67. Everett Noble

68. Clyde E. Krebs

69. Charles P. Hinnenkamp

70. Z.P. Sheldon

71. John Sharrah

72. Murl Hudson

73. Merlin Lehwald

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