Memorial Day at the B-29 Bombers Museum, Iuka ceremonial history and Pratt City Fire Department Annual Cruise and Car Show, plus area cemetery salute schedules should keep locals busy this weekend. Plus see Greensburg and St. John activities and celebrations.
The public is invited to attend Memorial Day Services starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 28 at the B-29 All Veteran’s Memorial at Pratt Regional Airport. American Legion Riders, Christian Riders and Defenders will provide the Honor Guard.
Members of the 1161st Forward Support Group of the Kansas National Guard will present the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A local group will provide music. A special guest speaker will present the Memorial Day message.
Bring lawn chairs for comfort. In case of inclement weather the program will move to the Municipal Building in the 100 block of West Third in downtown Pratt.
The Bombers on the Prairie Museum will be open following following the ceremony from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pratt City Fire Department will host the 8th Annual Cruise and Show on May 25 and 26 in Pratt. Friday is cruise night with a dice run starting at 7 p.m.
Registration for the show and dice run takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pratt City Fire Department parking lot, 201 S. Jackson.
On Saturday the Car Show and Shine begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Pratt Sixth Street Park, south east side. Signs will be posted.
There will be a free event shirt for all registered participants and dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 entries. Trophies, awards will be presented at 3 p.m., along with raffles for prizes donated by sponsors.
Stop by for a chance to win a 1960 Corvette on display.
Pratt area cemetery salute schedule: the 1161st Forward Support Group of the Kansas National Guard will provide Color Guard and a gun salute at several locations on Memorial Day. The following schedule has been released:
9:30 a.m. Natrona Cemetery by the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
10 a.m. Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt.
11:15 a.m. Iuka Cemetery
2 p.m. B-29 All Veteran’s Memorial program at Pratt Regional Airport.
Iuka will conduct its 134th consecutive Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 28th.
The day will begin with the 10 a.m. service at the Iuka United Methodist Church, followed by a short ceremony at the Iuka Cemetery at 11:15.
This year our speaker for the service at the church is Major General Vic Braden, Commanding General, 35 th Infantry Division. Major General Braden is also the leader of the Kansas Attorney General’s Criminal Litigation Division, prosecuting numerous high-profile cases.
Iuka’s “Decoration Day” observance was begun by the Mark D. Updegraff GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post No. 358, and was a community-wide tribute to their dead.
They felt a strong commitment to establishing an appropriate recognition of the sacrifice made by all service personnel who serve in armed conflicts. Since the early 1900’s the tradition has been carried on by the Iuka Memorial Association.
Even though the day’s events begin at the church, the service has always been non-denominational. The program still follows part of the traditional format established with Iuka’s first ceremony on June 27, 1885. The ‘roll call of the dead’ is patterned after the custom of company officers in Civil War armies: the name of each soldier was called twice, and when there was no answer a roll of the drum responded, signifying ‘presumed dead’. This ritual is repeated for the deceased veterans of Iuka, with a flag placed in a fan-shaped stand in honor of each individual. Also following tradition, the Gettysburg Address is read and patriotic music is sung by the choir, with solos sung by Jason Reed of Hutchinson.
The service at the cemetery will include music, placement of flowers at the Civil War veterans’ monuments, a Military Salute to the Dead, and taps.
The Triangle Rodeo Club will host their 54th Annual Triangle KPRA Rodeo starting at 8 p,m. on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 in Greensburg.
An annual Memorial Day parade takes place on Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, and an art festival is 9 am. to 3 p.m.
There will be a silent art auction at 12 noon at the Twilight Theatre, followed by piano benefit concert at 2 p.m. with proceeds donated to the Twilight Theatre operating funds. Richard Stephenson and family will present oil paintings by Jody Stephenson, water colors by Richards and classical, inspirational and jazz music on the piano by Ellen Stephenson.
At 4:30 p.m. the Twilight Theatre will show Kiowa County Media Center’s video “Greensburg: The Small Town Reimagined,” highlighting tornado recovery.
This weekend is Jubilee in St John! Cornhole registration starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 26, followed by an opening flag ceremony at 6 p.m. All sorts of events continue through Saturday, May 26, including a parade at 1:30 p.m., beer garden, carnival, monster truck rides and live entertainment. There is a street dance Friday evening at 9 p.m. and flea markets and garage sales. New this year is a burnout competition in front of Davis Electric at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.