By Terry Rogers
The Milford Rotary Club is sponsoring Flags for Heroes, a national program designed to honor the heroes across the country. The event will take place November 7 through 14, 2105 in Milford Bicentennial Park in honor of Veterans Day.
“Rotary clubs have been at the forefront of the effort,” said David Rutt, chairperson for the event. “The Milford Rotary plans to join with other Rotary’s in the area to sponsor what we hope to be an annual event. Flags may be sponsored for the event for $50 and the name of a hero will be affixed to the pole of the flag. The name displayed is chosen by the sponsor and may be an active military member, a veteran, a first responder or anyone that the sponsor considers a hero in their lives.” In addition, Mr. Rutt said that a sponsor may choose to recognize specific groups, such as all veterans of particular wars, like Vietnam or Korea as well as members of first responder organizations, such as a fire company or police department.
All flags will be displayed in Bicentennial Park for the entire week. The Rotary will have booths at various public events, such as the St. John’s Oktoberfest where those interested may purchase sponsorships for the flags. In addition, sponsorships may be purchased from an Rotarian or by mail.
Flags for Heroes was developed by NASA in 2001. In November of that year, the organization took 10,000 flags to space to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as their families, first responders and America’s military, both past and present. Since that time, different organizations have sponsored Flags for Heroes events with Rotary Clubs being at the forefront.
Proceeds from the project will be used by the Milford Rotary Club for community projects. In 2014-15, the Milford Rotary Club sponsored four college scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 as well as contributing to organizations such as the Mispillion Art League, Milford Food Pantry, Milford High School Music Department and the City of Milford Parks and Recreation. The goal of the Milford Rotary is to continue making Milford a great place to live.