Flags for Heroes decorate front lawn at courthouse

On hand for the London Rotary Club’s Flags for Heroes ceremony were: (from left) Melissa Canney, Nick Adkins, Steve Saltsman, Marshall Geib, Susan Thompson, Misty Bradley, Debbie Vallery and Brendan Shea.

(Posted Oct. 16, 2020)

London Rotary Club members met on Oct. 8 to post flags on the Madison County Courthouse lawn.

The Rotary Club invited the public to sponsor American flags in honor of people, living or deceased, who had positively impacted their lives.

At the Oct. 8 ceremony, Rotarians read the names of 20 sponsored heroes, then placed the flags at the corner of High and Oak streets. The honorees included:

  • John P. Canney, Sgt. U.S. Army Air Corps (26th) 1942-1945, Purple Heart
  • Dr. George M. Wilcoxon, Major U.S. Army Air Corps (308th), flight surgeon, 1941-1946
  • Joseph Harris
  • Gloria Penwell
  • Jacob Fast, Air Force Reserve
  • Sgt. Chris Carter, Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Steve Pronai, Madison County prosecutor
  • Col. Vern Flynn
  • Madison County first responders
  • Fallen veterans of Madison County
  • Essential workers of Madison County
  • Jane Herman
  • Sheila Roberts
  • Laverna Ansel
  • All direct support professionals in Madison County
  • Madison County teachers and administrators
  • Marion Vallery
  • Vernon Isaacs
  • Martha Geib. M.D.
  • Clayton Geib

This marked the third year Rotary has hosted the “Flags for Heroes” program. Proceeds support Rotary’s community giving and initiatives, such as support of the London High School band boosters, London Area Baseball Council, Rotary youth exchange program, Meals on Wheels and Sufficient Grace.

Rotary’s motto is “Service above self.” The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

London Rotary meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Currently members are holding meetings virtually via Zoom. New members are welcome.

For information about the London Rotary Club, contact Misty Bradley, president, at mbradley@mcsenior.org or (740) 852-3001.

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