For many, a celebration of Independence Day may include fireworks or a barbecue. For some in Easton, the holiday this year included the dedication of a memorial honoring those who've served in uniform.
"All of us need to honor and remember the sacrifices of our veterans," said Gregg Burden, executive director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs.
He was one of the guest speakers for Thursday's dedication ceremony for the Easton Veterans Memorial.
"This has been a heartfelt journey," said Chris Blockburger, director and creator of the memorial.
Blockburger said he began working on the memorial about six months ago.
"I was trying to think of something to do for this small town of Easton," he said.
He thanked various individuals and organizations that have provided assistance in creating the memorial.
Burden said it was appropriate the dedication was being held on the Fourth of July.
He said there are service members who are willing to spend the Fourth of July away from their families so other Americans can be with their families.
State Rep. Melanie Meier, Leavenworth, asked if there was a better day for the dedication of the Easton Veterans Memorial than the nation's birthday.
She said Easton "is definitely a proud community."
Dallas Eubanks, commander of VFW Post 56 in Leavenworth, said the Revolutionary War created the first generation of American patriots. He said the United States learned that freedom is not free.
"We thank all patriots," he said.
The memorial is located near Easton City Park. Even though the memorial was dedicated Thursday, it's not yet complete. Money is still being raised for a monument piece.
For more information about the memorial, call 913-773-5417 or search "Easton Veterans Memorial" on Facebook.