Flag display honors heroes in Talbot County
This article appeared in The Star Democrat on May 17, 2020
EASTON — A familiar sight to many in Talbot County, the American flags that stand proudly at the Talbot Community Center and Black & Decker field in May are a display of patriotism and pride. This year, the Flags for Heroes event by the Rotary Club of Easton takes on a special significance.
Because of COVID-19, many are facing the most challenging and uncertain of times. On Memorial Day weekend, for the ninth consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Easton and Flags for Heroes will raise 1,000 American flags to honor the many heroes in Talbot County. Those heroes may be veterans, members of the armed services, law enforcement officers, firefighters, health care workers, family members, teachers or friends — anyone who has made a positive impact on the lives of others.
“This is for the heroes in our county who have — in spite of all of the warnings about how bad this could be — continued to do their jobs to support the rest of us,” Rotary Club of Easton Secretary George Hatcher Jr. said. “The people who have stayed home have done what they have been asked to do to help. These flags are representative of the promise of tomorrow over the hardships of today.”
Since 2012, Flags for Heroes has raised more than $350,000 to give back to Talbot County heroes. This year, the Rotary Club of Easton also wants to honor and support those doing all they can to mitigate COVID-19 and its equally devastating economic and social effects.