Memorial Day is not until May 29 but plans are in motion for celebrations and services to honor those who have been lost.
Fort Dodge will be hosting their 15th annual Memorial Day service at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day at 11 a.m.
The service will feature guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Lejay Warren, US Army Reserves along with Master of Ceremonies Dan Stacy, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, Kansas National Guard, Minister Richard Crockett, Calvary Re-enactment Troop of the Riderless Horse by Calder and Conner McCollum.
There will also be a placing of wreaths, balloon release memorial, Roll Call, music by Christina Haselhorst and Levi Selfridge (bagpipes), Taps by Skyler Childress and the American Legion Riders along with all other riders.
Seating will be limited and a reception will be held following the services in the Fort Dodge administrative building.
Lawn chairs will be welcome and there will be handicapped parking available near the shelter area.
Dodge City officials and cemetery staff are also preparing for Memorial Day.
As a reminder, Dodge City Parks and Recreation issued a press release on the rules and regulations for grave decorations at Maple Grove Cemetery.
All temporary decorations must be removed by June 5 at 8 a.m. that are placed on Memorial Day.
The items will be removed that morning for staff to be able to mow and trim the cemetery.
Temporary decorations include: artificial and real flower arrangements, toys and stuffed animals, wreaths, potted plants, flags, figurines not more than 18 inches in height and hanging iron planters.
The cemetery caretaker will remove decoration from any grave space outside of approved periods that are outside of the designated days.
The rules are posted at the cemetery office along with a list of what decorations are permitted.
As long as they are maintained in permanently installed receptacles as permitted under the regulations, cut and artificial flowers are allowed at the cemetery at all times.
Glass jars, bottles, tin cans and the like are prohibited.
Cemetery staff will remove withered and faded flowers or artificial flowers once they have become unsightly at their discretion.
For more information contact Kevin Norton or Caitlyn Alvarado at parks and recreation.