JOHN F. DERBY POST #43

Frontenac, Kansas

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM

The Post has been honoring local veterans laid to rest in the two cemeteries for nearly 60 years. Many years ago this started with the placing of “The National Colors” on each individual grave an this tradition continues to this day. In the early 1990’s the Avenue of Flags! began at both cemeteries and as of 2007 included an Avenue of Flags of 144 and flags on individual graves totaling well in excess of 300+! (see attached photos) In addition to the above, the Post conducts a ceremony at each cemetery, which includes marching to the cemetery, remarks by the Post Commander, local clergy, a gun salute and the playing of Taps with echoes. The local community supports this function and every opportunity is taken to integrate their support into the activities. This includes the use of local students and the assistance of scout troops in locating individual graves, and the playing of Taps. Following the completion of the ceremonies, an “Open House” is held at the Post Home and all are invited to attend. The open house is usually well attended by well over 100 visitors, and includes food and drinks. This function is easily the largest single action performed by the Post each year. It requires maximum participation from Post resources and literally hundreds of man hours to complete, but is well worth the effort to insure that those deserving veterans that rest here are rendered the respect they so deserve.

Rifle Salute Honoring Those Who Served!
TAPS played by FHS student!
Marching into the Cemetery!
Post #43 Auxillary Honors Those Gone!