The Rotary Club of Easton will be holding its third annual “Flags for Heroes” over Memorial Day Weekend. This event serves as a fundraiser for Easton Rotary’s Youth and Community Fund as well as for various veteran and hero-related organizations within the local community.
The “Flags for Heroes” event provides members of the local community with an opportunity to honor their personal heroes including family members, friends, veterans, active members of the armed forces, teachers, firefighters, police officers or any other individuals who have made a positive impact on their lives.
American flags, which stand at 8’ tall, can be sponsored for $50.00 each in honor or in memory of personal heroes and over Memorial Day weekend will be displayed at multiple locations in the Easton area including the Talbot County Community Center, Idlewild Park and the Talbot County Court House. The deadline for flag sponsorships is May 7th.
As a result of last year’s “Flags for Heroes” event, the Rotary Club of Easton presented donations totaling $23,450 from their Youth and Community Fund to various community organizations. Donations were made to 11 organizations, many of which provide services to veterans. Those organizations who received funds from the Rotary Club of Easton were Easton Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization and an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force that follows a military style program for cadets ages 12-21 who are interested in entering, enlisted or if they pursue military academy or ROTC scholarship opportunities; Easton High School NJROTC; Chesapeake College, a participant in the Veteran’s Educational Benefits Program; Easton Volunteer Fire Department; Easton Police Department; Marine Moms – Bethesda, a locally based organization who provides homemade lunches for the patients and their families at the Walter Reed/Bethesda Hospital at least once per month; Talbot Hospice, who received specific funding for veterans, who comprise 20% of the patients spending their last days at Talbot Hospice House and half of whom are in the low to no income category; Talbot County Mental Health Association, who received funding for their Veterans Fund which assists Eastern Shore veterans in need; Operation Open Arms, an organization that provides service men and women suffering from PTSD with vacations to Talbot County; the Talbot County Paramedic Foundation, who received funding toward the purchase life-saving equipment; and Operation Second Chance, an organization that supports veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals by providing wounded warriors with retreats at multiple locations, including a location on Tilghman Island.
Founded and chartered in 1921, The Rotary Club of Easton is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members in greater than 200 countries volunteer their time and talents to promote the motto of “Service Above Self”.
Photo #1:Volunteers, including Easton Rotarians and local members of our armed forces, assisted with the placement of American flags throughout Easton for the Rotary Club of Easton’s second annual “Flags for Heroes” event, held in 2013.
Photo # 2: The Town of Easton will once again be decked out in red, white and blue over Memorial Day weekend as the Rotary Club of Easton will be holding its third annual “Flags for Heroes.” More than 500 flags were displayed during last year’s event at multiple locations including the Talbot County Community Center.