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The Milford Rotary Club executed their Flags for Heroes event in Downtown Milford’s BiCentennial Park last week. The flags, each of which honors a fallen soldier, veteran or first responder, will be on display until June 3.

“The display gives our community an opportunity to pay tribute and thank those who have unselfishly given of themselves. To serve others in the military and as first responders,” said campaign organized Gary Downes. “It’s so awesome to see the program grow each year as we raised almost $16,000 this year for the Rotary scholarship fund.”

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 their annual scholarship fund. The Milford Rotary Club is awarding $11,500 in scholarships this year. Applications for scholarships are available on-line at www.milfordrotaryclub.com , from any high school guidance office, or by calling James O’Neill at 422-3207.

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