For the third year in a row this Memorial Day, the Rotary Club of Chestertown will be raising support for a number of local veteran organizations by placing close to 200 American Flags at the intersection of 291 and Washington Avenue. And for the same three years, Washington College’s Rotaract Club members will be there to help them do that.
In a remarkable partnership with students, many of them from as far away places like Florida and Texas, to unite the campus and community to honor local heroes collectively. It also is a rare chance for the Washington College community to work side-by-side with Kent County residents on a common goal.
The Spy was intrigued enough with this extraordinary partnership to talk briefly with three of those Washington College students, as well as Rotary president Andrew Meehan, to understand the particular meaning of the Flags for Heroes project for those that participate.
This video is approximately two minutes in length. To make a donation to the Flags for Heroes project please go here
Letters to Editor
Andrew Meehan says
Dear Editor: Thank you for sharing the video interview with your readers. As is obvious to anyone driving through the intersection of Washington Avenue and Morgnec Road in Chestertown, the flags are now installed and looking spectacular. Great attention to detail is given to placement and maintenance of the flags, as we take very seriously the importance of decorum and respect for our nation’s Star-Spangled Banner.
Flag sponsorships are still available and the deadline for submission is May 19. For a $50 donation, folks can sponsor a flag and a list of sponsors and their heroes will appear in local publications for Memorial Day Weekend. Donations are tax deductible and proceeds will support local veterans’ and other worthy causes.
In closing, we would like to thank our major corporate sponsors who have so far made this project possible: David A. Bramble, Inc., Gillespie & Son, Inc., The Peoples Bank, Heron Point of Chestertown; Red Acres Hydroponics, LaMotte Company, Washington College, Kent County News, The Chestertown Spy, and WCTR. Additional corporate and individual flag sponsorships are welcome through May 19.
Andrew Meehan, President
Chestertown Rotary Club