Hundreds of American flags decorated the head stones of veterans and fallen war heroes at Wichita's Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial Day 2012 was marked with the dedication of a newly refurbished Grand Army of the Republic Pavilion, honoring Civil War veterans.
A crowd of about 30 gathered in front of the pavilion and watched as local veterans groups placed a wreath and flowers at the headstone of Jonathan C. Kirk, a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
"They're heroes and they should be remembered on this day. And we're trying to get the word out," said Dave Snyder, Commander VFW Post 112.
Snyder and other observers said they hope the true meaning of Memorial Day isn't lost among all the talk about parties on the lake and backyard barbecues.