(Posted Aug. 13, 2019)
The London Rotary Club is gearing up for its 2nd Annual Flags for Heroes. The club invites the public to celebrate the heroes in their lives by sponsoring American flags in their honor for display Sept. 12-15 on the Madison County courthouse lawn.
A hero can be a member of the military, police, fire or other first responder who puts his or her life at risk every day for others. Or they can be a community leader, pastor, teacher, coach, mentor, family member, caretaker–anyone living or deceased who has made a positive impact.
The name of each hero will be read at a flag posting ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 12 on the courthouse lawn at the corner of High and Oak streets in London. The public is welcome to attend. The names also will be featured in a special announcement in the Madison Messenger on Sept. 15.
“Last year’s event recognized 29 local heroes,” said Brendan Shea, Rotary Club president. “We received very positive feedback and were pleased with the response. We look forward to hopefully continuing to grow the event this year. Recognizing and honoring our heroes builds gratitude and pride in our community.”
For $25, community members can publicly recognize their local hero. Checks should be made payable to “The London Rotary Club” and mailed to: Marshall Geib, 280 W. High St., London, OH 43140. Geib is the club’s treasurer. Each submission should include the hero’s name, the sponsor’s name and the sponsor’s address and/or email. All information must be received no later than Aug. 31. Donations are not tax deductible.
Proceeds will help to support London Rotary’s community giving and initiatives throughout the year. The club recently donated to the Madison Health hospital expansion, London High School turf field project, London High School band booster club, London Area Baseball Council, Rotary youth exchange program, and the Meals On Wheels and Sufficient Grace food programs, among other local organizations and charities.
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 more information about sponsoring a flag for a hero or to inquire about joining the London Rotary Club, contact Brendan Shea at (740) 248-9155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.