May 29, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Citizens of Junction City maintained their observance of “Decoration Day” or “Memorial Day” the last Monday in May of 1900. The weather cooperated for outdoor celebrations.
By ten o’clock in the morning the city was gaily decorated with the national colors and the streets were thronged with people to witness and take part in the parade. Some of the cavalry and artillery units from Fort Riley, the Mounted Color Guard and the Fort Riley Band led the procession to the cemetery. The band was followed by the ladies, officers, boys on horseback, the artillery and the 20th Kansas Volunteers. Then came a flower wagon with girls dressed in white, the Junction City Band, the GAR Women’s Relief Corps and school children bringing up the end of the parade.
On arriving at the cemetery, the flower girls decorated the graves of soldiers. This was followed by a selection from the Fort Riley Band. The artillery fired salutes and then the procession returned to the city. At 2:00 PM, people met at the Opera House at 7th and Jefferson to hear a concert of instrumental and vocal music.
Well, that’s today’s story. We hope you take time today to remember and show your respects to those who have served our nation to protect our freedoms and ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice.