Flags For Heroes is coming to Salisbury in May

Military and community heroes who often go unrecognized will be honored at Flags For Heroes around Memorial Day.

Five hundred 3-foot-by-5-foot American flags will be erected on land off John Deere Drive, at the intersection of Hobbs Road and Route 50, and remain on display from the week before, until the week after, Memorial Day.

Names of those honored will be listed on a banner.

A brief ceremony will be after the patriotic morning event at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, said Amy Luppens, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club, which is sponsoring Flags for Heroes.

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.

One hundred flags have been sponsored so far for the event, which will become annual. Proceeds from sponsorships will stay local and be used for Rotary projects and Operation We Care.

The cost to sponsor a flag is $50 and those who do will receive a commemorative keepsake certificate. To order, write to Flags for Heroes, Rotary Club of Salisbury-Sunrise, P.O. Box 4473, Salisbury, MD, 21803-44.

“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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