Heroes are people we admire for their courage, outstanding achievements, noble qualities, or the way they practice random acts of kindness. The past year has given us a new appreciation for the heroes in our lives.

Rotarians assembled the display on Saturday, May 28. More photos later.

Rotarians Getting Ready for Flags for Heroes event

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club announces its first annual “Flags for Heroes” event. It will be a stunning visual presentation and a significant way for people in our community to honor their heroes. This year, the Flags for Heroes will be presented from May 28th – June 14th.

Heroes may be veterans, current service members, first responders, teachers, coaches, essential workers, or family members. Heroes may also be single moms or dads, special grandparents, and even neighbors.

“Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to honor those individuals who have served our country, our communities, and our families. It is a thoughtful tribute and a breathtaking sight,” said Julie Blakeman, 2021-2022 President of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club.

Individuals and organizations throughout our community are invited to sponsor one or more flags to honor their heroes. The following sponsorship levels are available:

$ 2,500 STARS & STRIPES SPONSOR: Honor 10 heroes (includes 10 flags, commemorative tags, recognition at event, on banner & social media posts)

$ 1,000 FRIEND OF VETS SPONSOR: Honor 8 heroes (includes 8 flags + commemorative tags + recognition at event, on banner & social media posts)

$ 500 MEDAL OF HONOR SPONSOR: Honor 6 heroes (includes 6 flags + commemorative tags + recognition at event, on banner & social media posts)

$ 250 BETSY ROSS SPONSOR: Honor 4 heroes (includes 4 flags + commemorative tags + recognition at event, on banner & social media posts)

$ 60 INDIVIDUAL FLAG SPONSOR: Honor 1 hero (includes 1 flag + commemorative tag)

Following the event, the personalized commemorative tags will be delivered to all sponsors. The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club retains the flags for use at future events.

“What a wonderful way to show our love for those special people in our lives and to join with 100+ others in such a moving and demonstrative way. I can’t wait to see all the flags proudly blowing in the breeze,” said Linda Holmes-Hannon, member of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club.

Proceeds from Flags for Heroes will benefit the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club which supports the community through special projects and grants to local organizations. Donations to the Derby- Shelton Rotary are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

All sponsors are invited to join the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club for a “Flags for Heroes” ceremony on the Riverwalk on Saturday, June 11th at 11:00am – 1:00pm.

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