(May 10, 2019) The Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines Foundation has joined the Rotary Club of Ocean City and Berlin to create a display of flags that will fly in Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines to honor local military veterans.

The memorial organization and the Rotary Club will hold a dedication ceremony at noon, Saturday, May 18. This is the second year the two organizations have held the event.

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Marie Gilmore of the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial Foundation speaks during the inaugural Flags for Heroes display in Ocean Pines last year.

A veteran’s group will serve as color guard for the ceremony, and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony. The flags will be displayed from Armed Services Day, May 18, through Flag Day, June 14.

Last year, 203 flags were flown to recognize veterans and first responders, as well as others who have made a difference in someone’s life.

“It’s any hero in your life,” Rotary Club Treasurer Cliff Berg said. “I’ve listed my Scoutmaster and other people have listed their parents, grandparents or somebody that’s been a hero in their life. It could be firemen, it could be first responders, EMTs, it’s really just a general definition of what you might consider a hero in your life.”

Medallions will be included with the flags, honoring both the hero and the sponsor who named him or her.

“If you sponsor a flag, then you name a hero and we’ll name both the sponsor and the hero on that medallion and that will hang on the flag,” Berg said. “That person is free to take that medallion at the dedication or anytime thereafter if they want it as a memory of this year’s event.”

The Rotary Club is still looking for sponsors. Individuals and community businesses can be a part of this tribute by sponsoring a flag for $50. The sponsors’ name and their hero’s name will be identified on each flag.

Proceeds from this project will benefit Student’s Education Outreach projects, community charities and the Rotary Scholarship Fund. The deadline to sponsor a flag is Monday, May 13. To sign up to sponsor a flag, visit https://opvets.org/.

“It’s for a worthy cause,” Berg said. “The Veteran’s Committee does a lot of educational programs for children. The money raised by this goes toward scholarships and other nonprofit organizations. It all goes back to the community.”

For more information, call Berg at 302-540-2127 or email at cliff0917@aol.com.

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