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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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Hesston Record 9.18


Hesston Record 9.18

Memorial Day Celebrations To Be Held At Hesston Cemetery

Posted 5/23/2013

Hesston will remember its veterans with the 22nd Memorial Service in the Hesston Cemetery at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27. The Mistress of Ceremony will be Michelle Pfautz, member of the Hesston Veteran’s Memorial Committee. The Memorial Address will be given by Harold Smith, a veteran of WW II and a resident of Hesston; and Stuart McConnell, a ROTC Battalion Commander at KU. Harold Smith served in the Air Force with the 100th Bombardment Group as a waist gunner on B-17’s. He flew many bombing missions and mercy missions during the war. When the war ended, he was in England and had served five years and 1 month before his honorable discharge. Stuart McConnell is a senior at KU majoring in Film and Media Studies with a minor in Classical Antiquity on an ROTC scholarship. His battalion has competed all over the United States and is the Color Guard for the KU basketball games. In 2010, he graduated from Newton High School. His summer plans are to train at Fort Lewis, Washington and Kaiserslautern, Germany. After graduation from KU in the spring of 2014, he plans on commissioning as an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in the infantry. A flag honoring Bob Prouty will be posted by Neil McChesney with the assistance of the Hesston Boy Scouts. Richard Fulk will read the names of each veteran who has fallen this past year as a floral tribute is being laid at the base of the memorial statue by the local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Invocation and benediction will be led by Dr. Gary Blaine, pastor of the Highland Trinity United Church of Christ. Emily Nickel, of Hesston, will lead those in attendance in the singing of “God Bless America”. After the benediction, Vern and Mike Dreier will play “Taps” as the ending of the service. Members of the Memorial Day committee are Stan Briar, Robert and Chris Carlton, Ed DeWitt, Dick Fulk, Dennis and Jeannine Hoheisel, Richard Knott, Neil McChesney, Ray Nicodemus, Michelle and Kent Pfautz, Ken and Jody Schwanke, Don Typer, Max Unruh, and Howard Wohlgemuth. Please bring lawn chairs for your comfort, because the seating is limited. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Hesston City Shop. If you have any questions, please call Jeannine Hoheisel at 620-327-2020.