Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Honoring the veterans

Baldwin observes Memorial Day

May 28, 2003

Emotions were high and, as usual, more than a few tears were shed during Memorial Day services at Oakwood Cemetery Monday morning.

The annual service conducted by the American Legion's Lloyd Beaton Post No. 228 always draws a faithful crowd to remember fallen soldiers and others. It took on additional meaning this year with the memories fresh from the just completed war in Iraq.

This year's speaker was Baldwin City's Gerald Cullumber, a Sergeant in the Lenexa Police Department whose dad, Charles Cullumber, is a member of the local Legion post. Cullumber set the tone for the service with one of his first remarks.

"This is the greatest country in the world," he said, which brought a round of applause.

The remainder of his speech was also well received, including his first comment of how it would be kept to 15 minutes or Bert Hitchcock would take care of matters.

The Color Guard was provided by the University of Kansas' Reserve Officer Training Corps, which was led by Jeffrey Richards. Baker University Minister the Rev. Ira DeSpain gave the opening prayer.

The ceremony was also blessed with perfect weather and drew a crowd of around 50 people.

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