We caught up with Susan Harmon the President of The Rotary Club of James City County to talk about the flags that many may have noticed on Iron-Bound Rd, Flags for Heroes.
WilliamsburgFamilies: Tell us the story behind the flags up at Veterans Park? (For those who are not familiar with Veterans Park it was renamed from Mid-County Park and it is where Kidsburg is located on Iron-Bound Rd).
Susan Harmon: Flags for Heroes is normally a Rotary fundraiser. They are used around the US to raise money so that clubs can give back to the community. Our club has so much going on that we have decided to give it as a gift to the community.
WilliamsburgFamilies: Well, thank you to our Rotary! It is quite a nice gift. Is there a significance to the number of flags?
Susan Harmon: The number of flags is not important other than the fact that it makes a statement.
WilliamsburgFamilies: How long will the community get to enjoy this patriotic display?
Susan Harmon: The flags will be up until next Saturday November 16th.
WilliamsburgFamilies: Is there anything planned for Veterans Day that we could let people know about?
Susan Harmon: Yes. They will be guarded by soldiers on (Veterans Day November 11th) Monday from 9am to 1pm.
* As noted on their Facebook page: “Soldiers from Fort Eustis and Cadets from the College of William and Mary Army ROTC Battalion will each stand guard on separate occasions Monday November 11th between 9:00am and 1:00pm. “
WilliamsburgFamilies: Is this installation something we could look forward to having in the area again?
Susan Harmon: This will be an annual event, we are thinking of really adding a lot more to it next year. We are also considering adopting the entire park to do this during various holidays, Memorial Day, Labor Day…
WilliamsburgFamilies: So there you have it folks. The Rotary Club of James City County has found a wonderful way to show support to our Veterans. It is a beautiful display during the day and it is worth driving by at night because they have it lit. My children and I drove past last night and it drew the oohs and ahhs normally reserved for Christmas light displays. It is really special.
As mentioned on their Facebook event, The Rotary would like to send a special thank you to Chair Sal Trifiletti for all his hard work in putting this project together and the many Rotarians that came out for the installation.
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