Flags For Heroes

The Rotary Club of Easton will hold its 7th annual Flags for Heroes event during Memorial Day Weekend. On the heels of six successful years of raising nearly $200,000 and benefitting 30 different local hero-related organizations, the Rotary Club of Easton is again fulfilling its mission of “Service above Self.”

Flags for Heroes provides members of the local community a way to honor their personal heroes including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, teachers, firefighters, police officers, or any other individuals who have made a positive impact on their lives.

The 1,000 American flags, which stand eight feet tall, can be sponsored for $50 each in honor or in memory of personal heroes and will be displayed at multiple locations around Easton with the largest displays at the Talbot Community Center and Black and Decker field. The deadline for sponsorship is May 21.

Over the past six years, with the support of Easton’s mayor, Bob Willey, Easton Utilities, The Star Democrat, Talbot County Government, and countless donors, Flags for Heroes has presented donations totaling nearly $200,000 to 30 local community organizations, many of which provide service to veterans. Among the organizations who received funds were: Talbot Goes Purple, a substance abuse awareness program that engages the community and its youth to stand against substance abuse; Talbot Mental Health Association, which received funding for its Veterans Fund that assists Eastern Shore Veterans in need; Operation Open Arms, an organization that provides service men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with vacations to Talbot County; Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, which received funding toward the purchase of life-saving equipment; Talbot Hospice, which received specific funding for veterans, who comprise 20 percent of the patients spending their last days at Hospice House and half of whom are in the low-to-no income category; Easton Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization and official auxiliary of the United States Air Force that follows a military-style program for cadets ages 12 to 21 who are interested in enlisting, entering a military academy, or perusing ROTC scholarship opportunities; Easton High School NJROTC; the Easton Police Department; the Easton Volunteer Fire Department; the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, which received full funding to bring the wall to Easton; and many more.

For more information about Flags for Heroes or flag sponsorship, visit www.flagsforheroes.org or call Jackie Wilson at 410-310-5664 by May 21.

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