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Cemeteries make changes to decades-old traditions

KSN Digital Extra

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Cemeteries across Kansas are preparing for a busy Memorial Day weekend, but this year things may look different than past years.

“Typically we have our large memorial day service on Monday that’s anywhere from a thousand to 1,500 people and this will be the first year in 62 years that we do not have that service,” said Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery General Manager, Mark Hansen.

Many area cemeteries say visitors will see little to no flags up due to social distancing guidelines.

“About 1,200 flags honoring the veterans that go up throughout the Prairie Lawn Cemetery and the Sumner Memorial Gardens that’s been reduced to about 30,” said Wellington Public Works Director, Jeremy Jones.

Cemeteries encourage visitors to follow safety guidelines while out honoring fallen loved ones.

Cemeteries with Memorial Day changes:

Resthaven Mortuary & Cemetery

  • Honorary Memorial Day service canceled
  • Encouraging visitors to wear masks
  • Won’t have flag display (visitors can decorate loved ones grave)

Calvary Cemetery, Resurrection, Ascension:

  • Memorial Day Mass is canceled
  • Encouraging visitors to follow social distancing guidelines, avoid large crowds
  • Will have flag display for veterans

Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Sumner Memorial Gardens (Wellington, KS):

  • Honorary Memorial Day service canceled
  • Encouraging visitors to adhere to CDC guidelines
  • Will have reduced flag display

Veterans Memorial Park:

  • Annual Memorial Day program canceled

Kansas Veterans Cemetery:

  • Honorary Memorial Day services canceled
  • Encouraging visitors to use best judgement
  • Will have flag display

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