One hundred and fifty-six years ago, Memorial Day was established to commemorate those who died in defense of our national ideals. Our ideals of freedom, justice and equality for all have been challenged many times since then. Thousands have given their lies to ensure those ideals and to secure lasting peace for their countrymen and children. Their sacrifices demand that we, the living, continue to promote the cause of peace and the ideals for which they so valiantly gave of themselves.
Residents in the Manhattan area are fortunate to have the beautiful Riley County Armed Forces Memorial. There they can show their appreciation and pride in the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country by having their names engraved in the granite bricks in the memorial.
To allow names to be added in time for Memorial Day, orders must be placed at the Riley County Clerk’s office no later than Friday, April 18. Cost is $75 per brick for three lines with 14 or fewer characters per line. The next opportunity to purchase a brick will be Veterans Day.