Those who gave their lives for the nation remembered at Memorial Day service

A wreath was placed under a U.S. flag during today’s Service of Remembrance at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Kansas. The Memorial Day service was attended by about 100 persons. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins, at a Memorial Day service today, read a list of World War I veterans’ names from Wyandotte County who were buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

On the 100th anniversary year of the United States’ entry into World War I, Jenkins, who is with the Armourdale American Legion Post 188, noted that he did not know any of the World War I veterans buried there, but they were all his fellow veterans.

Although only involved in 18 months of World War I, the United States suffered more than 291,000 battle deaths, an average of about 580 deaths every day, in that war, Jenkins said. There were 13 major campaigns. He noted that World War I servicemen were often confined to trenches most of the time.

Jenkins also noted today would have been the 100th birthday anniversary of President John F. Kennedy, who was a World War II hero.

Jenkins spoke at the annual Service of Remembrance held today at the cemetery and funeral home in Kansas City, Kansas. The event included a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, the playing of “Taps” by Joel Brinkley, and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Joe Henre. The service honored those who died in service to the nation. Jenkins credited area firefighters with helping place small flags on the graves of veterans at the cemetery.

Flags representing the different branches of the U.S. military flapped in the wind at today’s ceremony, while about 100 persons attended the service in pleasant 74-degree temperatures.

According to Jenkins, Memorial Day began in the Civil War era after women in the South began to decorate graves of the fallen. Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day, a federal holiday, in 1971, he said.

Jenkins said the United States has fought wars for 242 years, involving more than 60 military actions, with the loss of 1.2 million American lives, Jenkins said. This year is the first time he has seen a Gulf War veteran’s grave at Chapel Hill cemetery, he added. It is important, Jenkins said, for veterans and their families to support each other.

James “Bundy” Jenkins, left, with the Armourdale American Legion Post 188, gave the Memorial Day address today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins, of the American Legion Post 188, noted that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War I. He spoke at a Memorial Day service today in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Joe Henre played the bagpipes at today’s Memorial Day service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins spoke at the Memorial Day service today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

A wreath was placed at the base of a U.S. flag today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

Members of Armourdale American Legion Post 188 gave a 21-gun salute at the Memorial Day service today. (Staff photo)

Members of Armourdale American Legion Post 188 gave a 21-gun salute at the Memorial Day service today. (Staff photo)

Joel Brinkley, general manager of Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, played “Taps” today at a Memorial Day service. (Staff photo)

Joe Henre played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes at today’s Memorial Day service. (Staff photo)

Those attending the Memorial Day service today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens stood at the end of the program. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins addressed those who attended the annual Memorial Day service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

The crowd listened to a Memorial Day message today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

Many gravesites at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens were decorated today. (Staff photo)

Many gravesites at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens were decorated today. (Staff photo)


Sporting KC loses on the road

First-place Sporting Kansas City stumbled to a frustrating 1-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado defender Kortne Ford headed home the decisive goal in the 11th minute, giving the hosts all three points despite Sporting Kansas City’s marked domination in possession and shot attempts.

In a match that saw the last-place Rapids (3-8-1, 10 points) knock off the Western Conference leaders, Sporting Kansas City (6-4-4, 22 points) enjoyed 73 percent possession and held a 25-6 edge in shots, including an MLS-record 20 attempts from outside the box during the Opta era (2010-present).

Colorado’s set piece deliveries proved decisive, however, as Ford’s early goal was one of three free-kick situations throughout the night that tested Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Manager Peter Vermes made three changes to his lineup from last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC as defender Ike Opara, midfielder Benny Feilhaber and winger Jimmy Medranda reprised their respective starting roles. Forward Dom Dwyer notably missed his third consecutive away game with a knee injury and remains day-to-day.

Sporting Kansas City’s territorial control reflected the teams’ opposite positions in the Western Conference table, but the game’s first chance would fall to the Rapids when Opara was whistled for a foul on Dominique Badji 30 yards from goal on the left flank. Ford connected with Shkelzen Gashi’s resulting set piece to cushion a header low into the left corner of the net, giving the Olathe, Kansas, born rookie his first career MLS goal.

A ceaseless offensive barrage promptly ensued from the visitors, beginning in the 13th minute when Roger Espinoza’s audacious 20-yard chip floated over goalkeeper Tim Howard and faded inches beyond the far left post. Seven minutes later, Medranda curled a free kick over Colorado’s four-man wall and narrowly wide of the frame.

Gerso saw a long-range attempt deflected behind for a corner kick in the 23rd minute before Graham Zusi came agonizingly close to restoring parity near the half-hour mark. The U.S. international found a pocket of space on the right side of the penalty area and clipped the ball over the onrushing Howard, but Bobby Burling was stationed to make the goal-line clearance and preserve Colorado’s lead.

The Rapids remained dangerous on set plays, and another teasing ball from Gashi caused further trouble for Sporting KC as Melia leaped to save Kevin Doyle’s goal-bound header in the 34th minute. Just before halftime, Ford connected with Gashi’s corner to force Melia into yet another stop.

Medranda spurned an opportunity in the 39th minute, firing high from 15 yards off a delivery from Gerso after the designated player navigated a tight space inside the box. Sporting KC’s frustration was compounded on the stroke of halftime when Feilhaber’s low strike deflected off Seth Sinovic and skipped well wide of goal.

Vermes’ side kept its proverbial foot on the pedal after intermission, as Espinoza’s 25-yard piledriver beat a fully extended Howard but screamed marginally wide of the post. Besler and Medranda tried their luck from distance shortly thereafter, then Blessing’s eight-yard bullet was palmed away by Howard following a cunning buildup between Feilhaber and Gerso.

The diminutive Blessing was an unlikely recipient of Feilhaber’s precise corner kick in the 74th minute, but the unmarked Ghanaian was unable to steer his header on target in a central position. Seven minutes later, Espinoza teed up Feilhaber for an excellent look atop the box that was blocked amidst a swarm of bodies.

Sinovic – who scored his first MLS regular season goal in Sporting KC’s 3-1 win over Colorado on April 9 – nearly pulled his side level in spectacular fashion in the 92nd minute, but the left back’s knuckling drive from 25 yards caromed off the crossbar and behind for a goal kick.

An exasperating night served up a sour twist deep in second-half stoppage time when Espinoza was ejected for his second bookable offense of the match. The midfielder will serve a one-game suspension when Sporting Kansas City welcomes Minnesota United FC next weekend.

Having played four of their previous five matches on the road, Sporting Kansas City will return to Children’s Mercy Park for a three-game homestand to kick off the month of June. The swing begins next Saturday, June 3, when Vermes’ men meet Minnesota before an ESPN audience at 4 p.m. Tickets for the Western Conference clash are available at , and the first 10,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive free Sporting KC sunglasses courtesy of match sponsor Mark One Electric.

Sporting Kansas City currently boasts a club-record 15-game home unbeaten streak in the regular season, which doubles as the longest active run in MLS.

– Story from Sporting KC


Big third inning dooms T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones could not overcome the big inning Saturday night as the St. Paul Saints used a six-run third inning on the way to a 10-3 win of game two of the three game series at CHS Field in St. Paul.

The Saints got the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Tony Thomas led off with a triple to center to start the inning for the Saints. Anthony Gallas brought him home on a fielder’s choice ground out to short off of T-Bones starter Chris Perry.

The big inning came in the third, where St. Paul scored six runs on seven hits. Danny Oh hit a solo home run off of Perry (0-1) to make it 2-0. Then Breland Almadova and Nate Hanson singled to put runners at first and second.

Brady Shoemaker hit a deep fly to center to move Almadova to third for out number one. Tony Thomas drew the walk to load the bases, and Gallas delivered again. The former T-Bone hit a bases clearing triple to make it 5-0 St. Paul.

The Saints scored two more in the inning on an RBI single from Tony Caldwell and a RBI double from Jon Kristoffersen, and the score was 7-0. Gallas added another fielder’s choice RBI ground ball in the bottom of the fourth to give the Saints an 8-0 lead. Gallas would drive in five on the night.

The lone offensive bright spot for the T-Bones came in the top of the sixth when Marcus Lemon hit a two-run homer down the right field line that just stayed fair. The ball landed on the top of the building behind the ballpark to cut the lead to 8-2.

St. Paul got two runs back in the eighth inning on a two-run home run for Nate Hanson to make it 10-2. The T-Bones got an unearned run in the top of the ninth to make it a final score of 10-3.

Jason Creasy (1-1) got the win, working five innings surrendering two earned runs, while the loss went to Perry (0-1), who went 2 2/3 giving up seven earned runs.

The T-Bones played Sunday night in St. Paul and will play again Monday night in Indiana against Gary SouthShore.

Tickets for future home games are available online, by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.

– Story from T-Bones