That was the Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums performing for the large crowd gathered at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
In attendance at the Memorial Day ceremony was Governor Laura Kelly, who spoke about her experiences growing up in a military family with a father who was injured during the Korean conflict.
Kelly said Monday’s services allow the public to honor the vast number of military members from across the state and the country who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Captain Luke Admire said this holiday highlights the heroic actions taken by those many service members, two of which are buried at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, that altered and solidified the future of the United States.
Admire also explained that Memorial Day serves as a reminder that all Americans carry the responsibility of ensuring these sacrifices were not in vain.
Members of the public can visit gravesites at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery every day from sunrise to sunset.
This week marked 154 years since the first Memorial Day, which was established after family and community members decorated the graves of soldiers who lost their lives during the Civil War.