EASTON ROTARY FLAGS FOR HEROES
We respect and appreciate all those who fight for our freedom. We show this by posting flags each year.
Honor your hero by sponsoring a flag.
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The Rotary Club of Eastonís Flags for Heroes fundraiser is an annual event that provides an amazing visual display of American flags throughout the town of Easton during Memorial Day weekend. When we started Flags for Heroes in 2012, our goal was to create a fundraiser that would engage our entire community while reminding us of the true meaning of Memorial Dayóa time to remember, celebrate, and recognize the heroes that have served and sacrificed for our freedom, as well as those that serve today. Thanks to the generosity of people like yourself, our display has grown each year. Just as important, we have been able to provide needed funds to worthy organizations in our area, all of them serving the heroes in our midst. Last year we were able to display over 800 flags. To date, we have raised over $125,000 to help local organizations.
As we approach our Sixth Annual Flags for Heroes Memorial Day weekend 2017, we ask ourselves who is my hero? Perhaps itís a veteran of the US Armed Forces or a first responder or one of the many organizations that provide services to local veterans in need like shelter and mental health support. Rotarian Terry John wrote this about his hero, his father who served during WWII:
My father was determined to leave his home country of Austria, and move to America. So, at age 16, he started his journey by working his way to England. At 18 he enlisted in the British Navy and served on the HMS Blackthorn. The ship was hit by a torpedo off the coast of France in 1944 and my dad remained in the water for 24 hours and survived the ordealÖ.but over half of the crew did not.
After the war, my father applied for a visa to immigrate to America, but with post-war quotas, there werenít any openings. So my father, mother and I immigrated to Canada and waited almost three years to get our visas to the US. In 1957, we became US citizens.
I remember asking my dad why he went through this. His reply was that even in the 1930ís, America was the land of opportunity. And he was committed to doing whatever was necessary to provide a better life for him and his family.
My father is my greatest hero.
Like Terry, each of us has a hero. Please consider honoring yours again this year with a flag. Individuals can sponsor their heroes by clicking on this website. Corporate sponsorships are also available, starting as low as $250, also through the link on this site. Please take a minute today to reflect on the heroes in your life and help our community honor them this Memorial Day. Our goal this year is 1000 flags. Wonít you help us reach it?
Thank you for your support.