Scores of colorful American flags, on display off John Deere Drive for the community’s first Flags For Heroes, are honoring those who often go unrecognized this holiday weekend.
Five hundred 3-by-5-foot banners, erected at the intersection of Hobbs Road and Route 50, are waving in the breeze at the intersection of Hobbs Road and Route 50. They will be on display until the week after Memorial Day.
A banner on the property lists names of those who are being celebrated.
After the annual patriotic morning observance at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Memorial Day, there will be a brief Flags For Heroes ceremony, according to Amy Luppens, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club, which is sponsoring the event.
The other two Rotary Clubs involved are Salisbury Rotary and Wicomico Rotary.
“We’re really excited about Flags For Heroes,” said Luppens, explaining this is the first time it’s been presented locally, but that other Rotary clubs in the area have had success with it.
Those honored can be from any branch of the military, a first responder, teacher or other person who has made a difference in the community, she said.
Sponsorships cost $50 for each flag. Proceeds will stay local and be used for Rotary projects and Operation We Care.
“I think we need more feel-good things like this in our community in general,” Luppens said.
“It’s a wonderful way for the three Rotary groups to come together to highlight these heroes who, on a day-to-day basis, aren’t recognized.”
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