VFW Post ceremony Monday
In De Soto as elsewhere, Memorial Day weekend will be observed with solemn remembrance of loved ones no longer with us and as the unofficial start of summer.
De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6654 Commander Drew Culbertson said the post's annual Memorial Day observation would be at 11 a.m. Monday at the flagpoles in De Soto Cemetery. As in years past, the ceremony will include short words in memory of those who fell defending their county, prayers, playing of Taps by a bugler and a 21-gun salute by the post's honor guard.
Last year's ceremony was threatened with cancellation when a thunderstorm with menacing lightening but the storm held off until after the memorial was complete. This year, the VFW has a bad-weather contingency plan to move the ceremony to the post on Penner Avenue with a 11:30 a.m. start.
Post members had hoped to dedicate its new memorial in front of the post this Memorial Day. However, the project that is dependent on volunteer labor is not yet complete and VFW members agreed not to rush construction.
"We want to do it right," he said. "We don't want to sacrifice the look and quality just to get it done."
The post is financing the project through the sale of $40 memorial bricks of veterans, their spouses and those who supported the post, Culbertson said. The five bronze seals representing the different armed services to be placed on the memorial cost $6,000, he said.
Those interested in purchasing a brick can stop by the post or leave a message at (913) 525-4799, he said.
Memorial Day weekend also means the opening of the city pool. City Parks and Recreation director Jay Garvin said the pool would be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. thereafter.
Swim classes and aerobics exercise class will start June 9, Garvin said More information on the classes can be found at the city Web site at desotoks.us.