Brueggemann honored for her ongoing show of Americanism in the community

HONORED FOR AMERICANISM–Darnelle Brueggemann of Red Bud was honored over the weekend for her outstanding show of Americanism in the local community, including her work over the past 20 years on organizing community Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. Pictured at the presentation are: American Legion 5th Division Commander Wayne Madson, American Legion State Commander Mike Carder, Brueggemann, and Past 5th Division Commander Jeff Roscow. Not pictured is 5th Division Americanism Chairman Phil Mette.

Red Bud resident Darnelle Brueggemann was honored last Sunday by the American Legion – 5th Division for her outstanding show of Americanism within the community.

Brueggemann was presented with an award by the American Legion – 5th Division at a ceremony held on March 17 at the Steeleville American Legion Post.

Past 5th Division Commander Jeff Roscow noted that in Red Bud, the Memorial Day celebration “had all but fell by the way 20 some years ago. Yes, the graves were marked with flags and there was firing of a volley at the cemeteries, but the community had lacked a real Memorial Day celebration for years.

“Darnelle stepped up and organized, with the help of the local VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps, a full Memorial Day program in 1999. Through the years, this has grown bigger and bigger.”

For more on Brueggemann, please see this week’s print edition.