Memorial Day Flags in Mount Pulaski
The City of Mount
Pulaski annually displays twenty-six 16 ft. American flags on
Memorial Day from dawn to dusk at the corner of Rte. 121 and
McDonald St. on the SE side of town.
This year, Jeff Anderson and Matt Presswood did the honors.
Jeff related that this tradition was started sometime before
he began working for the city over six years ago.
Jeff added that 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. Jeff's
father, Bill, served in both WWII and Korea, with his grandfather
serving in WWI and his 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.
These Rte. 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 on each and every
veteran's graves on Saturday morning before each Memorial Day.
On each Memorial Day morning at the break of dawn, the
American Flag is lowered to half-mast at the Veteran's Memorial in
the Mount Pulaski Cemetery
— high on
the knoll where Memorial Day Services will be held at 10 am.
During this service, the Veteran's Memorial flag is
two-blocked, where it remains 24-7 throughout the rest of the year.
In Steenbergen Cemetery south of town, 12 ft. 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
Memorial Day services are held at 11:30 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 Spangled Banner.
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