FORT RILEY, Kan. - A dedication ceremony was held Friday for the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley. The ceremony was conducted at the new State Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley at 5181 Wildcat Creek Road in Manhattan, Kan.
State veterans' cemeteries give veterans and their families a full range of interment options: in-ground casket burials, above ground columbarium walls, in-ground cremain burials, and a scattering garden with memorial wall.
In 1999, the Kansas Legislature authorized the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the construction of four veterans' cemeteries in Kansas. Other than Fort Riley, they are at Fort Dodge, WaKeeney and Winfield.
Fort Riley donated 90 acres from its southeast training area for the cemetery to be built on. It was opened on March 2, 2009.
Friday's Dedication Ceremony
Invocation - Orris Kelly, Chaplain (Major General, Ret)
Posting of Colors - Color Guard, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley
The National Anthem - SPC Jonathan Akhondi and 1st Infantry Division Band
Flyover - 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley
Welcome & Introductions - Jack Fowler, Exec. Director, Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs
Written Remarks from those who could not attend - Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) & Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Remarks - Colonel Richard G. Piscal, Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley
The Honorable Lana Oleen, Former Kansas Senator
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Frank Salvas, Director, State Cemetery Grants Service National Cemetery Administration
Taps - Lloyd Miller, Chaplain, VFW State Chaplain
Retirement of Colors - Color Guard, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley
"We dedicate these sacred grounds as an honorable resting place for America's veterans - a place where patriotism, love of country, and sacrifice for the common good are hallmarks of those who are laid to rest here," said Col. Piscal during his speech to the crowd Friday.