by BECKY GOFF
Little Apple Post/JC Post
MANHATTAN - On Monday, the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office held Memorial Day services at four state Veterans cemeteries across the state.
Governor Laura Kelly and Cpt Luke Admire with IACH each spoke about the importance of remembering those who died while serving the country.
The Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets Motorcycle clubs presented a check for $3,000 to the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery.
In 1999, the Kansas Senate Bill 19 was signed into law, authorizing the construction of four state-owned Veterans cemeteries.
These cemeteries were funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Cemetery Grants Program.
In 2002, Fort Dodge become the first state-owned Veterans cemetery and in 2009, the Fort Riley/Manhattan cemetery was the final Veterans cemetery to open. The other two cemeteries are located in WaKeeney and Winfield.
More than 4,500 eligible Veterans and their family members have been interred in the four Veterans cemeteries since they opened.