A dazzling display of hundreds of American flags stand tall, billowing in the late autumn breeze at the corner of Route 202 and Mount Lebanon Road — each tagged in honor of a loved one, mentor or hero who has made a difference.
This is the fourth year the Brandywine Hundred Rotary Club has installed “Flags for Our Heroes” in honor of Delaware Veterans and other heroes – armed services members, first responders, teachers – anyone who has given honor to their country.
Special ceremony on Veterans Day
The Rotary will hold a special service at the site on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12 at 8:30 am, and the public is invited to attend.
“This is our biggest project of the year,” said Rotary President Brian Drysdale. “Every year it seems we add about 100 flags to the field. And as the program grows, it connects us to members of our community.”
The Rotary offered $50 sponsorships throughout the months leading up to the installation in late October. A commemorative tag is tied to each flag, which sponsors may keep or give to their hero when the installation is taken down.
Proceeds will benefit veterans groups
The Rotary Clubs of Wilmington and Newark are also taking part in Flags for Our Heroes campaigns. And kids at Concord High School’s Interact Club – the high school version of Rotary – have taken up the cause, selling a half dozen flags for the Brandywine effort this year.
The Rotary Club of Brandywine Hundred will donate sponsorship proceeds to Delaware Homeless Vets, the Delaware National Guard and to Vietnam veteran Ron Elliott. For 40 years Elliott has transported fallen Delaware soldiers to their final resting place at cemeteries in the tri-state area in the bed of his 2000 Ford F150.
Drysdale says the visuals of the project are symbolic of shared gratitude. “When we’re installing the flags, you get lost in the small details. But then there’s a point that you start to realize the importance of what you are doing. When you go to the field at night and the lights are shining and the roads are quiet, there is a feeling of fullness. The display makes us very proud to be part of the Rotary Club.”