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Holiday weekend includes advice, celebrations, closings

Johnson County Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster discusses holiday traveling, gatherings and staying safe during the Memorial Day weekend.

On Monday, May 25, at least two Memorial Day services are planned in Johnson County.

A small color guard ceremony is scheduled by the Gardner American Legion at 8 a.m. at Gardner Cemetery. Immediately following, the color guard will perform at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, also in Gardner. If there is lightning, the ceremonies will be cancelled.

A joint annual Memorial Day service by VFW Post 846 and American Legion Post 370, both in Overland Park, will take place at 11 a.m. at Johnson County Gardens, 112th Street and Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. 

Participants and attendees at both events are encouraged to wearing a face mask, but it is optional.

Physical distancing will also be in place to ensure only “infrequent or incidental moments of contact”  during the holiday services as recommended by the state’s Safe Memorial Day guidance.

All Johnson County Government offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Also on Monday, in accordance with Executive Order 20-30 and in recognition of Memorial Day, May 25, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun up to noon. President Donald J. Trump also issued a flag directive honoring Memorial Day as day of prayer for permanent peace. 

“The military service women and men of this country have dedicated themselves to protecting the American way of life,” Kelly said. “We owe our most sincere gratitude and respect to the generations of military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.”

The Memorial Day flag directive will follow the current order to lower flags to half-staff in honor of victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That order ends at sunset Sunday, May 24.

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