Freedom’s Frontier is a perfect place to take some time and reflect and honor the nation’s fallen. The turmoil that occurred here in Kansas and Missouri, followed by the tumultuous years of the Civil War, left homes and families without their beloved husbands, sons and fathers. Those that were left behind were faced with the difficult issues of burying and honoring their dead. Not only are the Border War and Civil War fallen honored here in the 41 counties, but most every war is represented in our many cemeteries.
Visit our National Cemeteries, Fort Scott National Cemetery, Leavenworth National Cemetery, and Baxter Springs City Cemetery Sodiers’ Lot or the many other cemeteries within our beautiful region. Many of our cemeteries, like Lone Jack Cemetery and the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site offer special events during commemorations like luminary walks and placing flags at each of the graves. Check their website for more information.
Other cemeteries offer walking tours of their cemetery where you can learn about their notable burials, and the history surrounding the area, the Olathe Memorial Cemetery offers a walking tour booklet you can find online. Mount Mora – St. Joseph, MO has a detailed website with the list of their buried, and the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS shares the stories of the history of the site and the Historic Topeka Cemetery in Topeka, KS offers knowledgeable tours of the cemetery. Take some time and honor our fallen and pay your respects at one of our cemeteries.