Memorial Day at Summit Church

May  24, 2013

     A tradition that began 94 years ago will continue on Monday. The Scott County Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at the historic Summit Church, north of Davenport.

     Society secretary, Jan Kuehl, says in 1919 the congregation began reading the names each Memorial Day of church members who'd served in World War I. Then, in the early 70's when the society became the owner of the church, it added the names of other Scott County veterans. This year, volunteers will read 362 names - from the Civil War and Spanish-American War, up to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

     Along with reading veterans' names, the observance includes an honor guard, 21-gun salute, speeches, and the singing of patriotic songs. Each year the the event is a collaboration of the historical society, American Legion Post 6-39 from Eldridge, and VFW Post 61-74, also from Eldridge.  

     The service will be held Monday at 9 am.