This year, Jeff Anderson and Matt Presswood did the honors.
Anderson said this tradition was started sometime before he began
working for the city over six years ago.
Anderson said his brother honors their father's gravesite with an
American flag in the Oglesby Elkhart Cemetery, while he proudly
makes sure that these flags are up every Memorial Day in Mount
Pulaski. The brother’s father, Bill, served in both WWII and Korea,
with their grandfather serving in WWI and uncle in WWII. Jeff said
his uncle "got it pretty bad in the leg" in the South Pacific. His
dad performed duties for the U.S. Navy in a mop-up operation helping
the Japanese after the end of WWII, and then went back to serve as a
LTJG on a ship during the Korean Conflict.
The Route 121 flags are also proudly flown on 4th of July and
Veteran's Day in November.
In the Mount Pulaski Cemetery, the Mount Pulaski American Legion
Ryman-Fuiten Post 447, with help from the Mount Pulaski Boy Scout
Troop 121, place over 450 American flags; one on each veteran grave
on Saturday morning before each Memorial Day.
On Memorial Day morning at the break of dawn, the American Flag is
lowered to half-mast at the Veteran's Memorial high on the knoll
where Memorial Day Services are held in the Mount Pulaski Cemetery
During the service held at 10 a.m., the Veteran's Memorial flag is
“two-blocked”, where it remains 24-7 throughout the rest of the
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In Steenbergen Cemetery south of town, 12 foot American flags
are flown on Memorial Day for each deceased veteran, with the
veteran's name and identification number beneath each flag as
they are place evenly alongside the roads that meander about the
Steenbergen Memorial Day services are held at 11:30 a.m. in the
Steenbergen Chapel. The Mount Pulaski American Legion Ryman-Fuiten
Post 447, Mount Pulaski VFW Scroggin-Gee Post 777 and Mount
Pulaski SAL Squadron 447 perform rifle-squad military rites at
both cemetery locations, with bugler Alan Roos always on hand to
blow taps. The Mount Pulaski High School and Grade School Bands
play patriotic music at both locations, including of course, a
beautiful resounding rendition of the United States Star
[By PHIL BERTONI]