What is known as the "Avenue of Flags" is always a breath-taking
sight at Steenbergen Cemetery and people from all over travel to the
beautiful cemetery nestled atop the hill. Boy Scout Troop 122 spent
the night before at the cemetery guarding the flags. However, due to
an overnight rainstorm and heavy winds, several flags managed to
come up missing, according to Joe Lucas.
Services are always held in the small Steenbergen Memorial Chapel
and usually the overflow crowd gathers outside to hear the speakers
and the amazing singing voice of John Buckles. Buckles' beautiful
rendition of "This is Worth Fighting For" is always something to
look forward to on this day. The Mount Pulaski High School Band also
made the trip to the country to play patriotic music.
Keynote speaker, Retired MSgt. Chuck McCue, was also on hand here to
speak, and again remind us to be thoughtful of those family members
who have lost loved ones. As always Memorial Day is about
remembering those who gave their lives for this great country and
for that ultimate sacrifice we honor them.