Rotary Club holds ‘Flags for Heroes’ ceremony

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
London Rotary Club members held their annual “Flags for Heroes” ceremony on Sept. 12 on the Madison County Courthouse lawn: (from left) Debbie Vallery, Steve Saltsman, Tim Stonecipher, Nick Adkins, Greg King, Bob Godden, Susan Thompson, Matt Doherty, Marshall Geib, Brendan Shea and Deeann Blake.

(Posted Sept. 13, 2019)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

London Rotary Club members met Sept. 12 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 Sept. 12 ceremony, Rotarians read the names of 18 sponsored heroes, then placed the flags at the corner of High and Oak streets.

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

“Last year’s event recognized 29 local heroes,” said Rotary Club President Brendan Shea. “We received very positive feedback and were pleased with the response. Recognizing and honoring our heroes builds gratitude and pride in our community.”

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 every Thursday from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Madison County Senior Center in London. New members are welcome.

For information about sponsoring a flag for a hero or joining the London Rotary Club, contact Brendan Shea at or (740) 248-9155.

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