For several years, Laurel Sternhagen, a 36-year Army veteran, has placed U.S. flags at the grave sites of veterans buried at Riverside Cemetery as part of a Memorial Day tribute. But while she is grateful to volunteer for the annual project, Sternhagen, a 63-year-old Appleton woman, noticed something that bothered her: the grave stones were in a state of deterioration. “I thought, ‘these (grave stones) are hard to read,’” she said. “So I decided to go out there and clean them up.”