Milford Rotary Club installs American Flags for Heroes in honor of Memorial Day

MILFORD — Zack King. Dave Dawson. Douglas Monroe. Harry Hudson, Jr. Joseph Devlin.

These are just four names out of hundreds that can be seen throughout Bicentennial Park in Milford as a tribute to their heroic acts thanks to the Milford Rotary Club and its Flags for Heroes program.

Used as a fundraiser so the club can continue offering scholarships and service to the community, the group placed about 216 flags this year each sponsored by a local organization, business or person.

“We’re putting up flags to recognize our service members, dead or alive, and first responders. Every flag has a label and every label has a name. We’ve done this for four years now in Milford and it’s growing,” Milford Rotary Club President Debbie O’Neill said.

“It’s been recognized, I think, in the community that these flags are coming up and what they’re for. We take pride in this whole display of flags. It’s really become a symbol for rotaries to have the flags out.”

Volunteers from the Milford Rotary Club spent hours Thursday morning, May 24, placing flags and markers around Bicentennial Park for what they hope will be a powerful affect on the community. They will continue to check on the flags until they are taken down Sunday, June 3.

The markers, created by Shorts Funeral Home, each list the name of both the honoree and the donor. Some also list a quick description of their service, such as Mr. Hudson who was a member of the U.S. Army’s Green Berets.

“It’s just neat,” first year volunteer Randy Rice said. “I have pride in the flag and pride in my country where a lot of people don’t take pride anymore.”

Heroes highlighted throughout the display also include first responders, according to Chairperson Gary Downes.

“This has grown every year. I think it’s very important to recognize those individuals who do everything they can for their country,” he said.

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