Rotary Club honors veterans with flag display
A display of large American flags in front of city hall was aimed at ensuring Newarkers never forget the sacrifice of veterans.
“Many of those honored today have given their lives so that we may stand here and still live in freedom,” Mary Konwinski, a member of the Newark Morning Rotary Club, said during a ceremony Monday afternoon. “We need to be constantly reminded of our gift of freedom and of those who gave all to make sure future generations continue to live in a free and democratic society.”
The display, which was set up a few days before Veterans Day, is part of the Newark Morning Rotary Club’s Flags for Heroes program.
Hundreds of Rotary clubs around the country participate in similar efforts, including the Newark Evening Rotar y Club, which has set up a flag display in front of city hall each Memorial Day for the past few years. This is the morning club’s first time participating, but organizer Paul Keely said the group plans to make it an annual project.
Approximately 120 club members and other local residents paid $50 to sponsor a flag and dedicate it to a veteran or other hero. The money will go to support the club’s various service projects.
The names of the heroes honored appeared in a newspaper ad last week and were read during the brief ceremony in front of city hall Monday afternoon.
“Remembering those who have passed is only half the task before us today,” Konwinski said. “We must also carry their love, honor and duty forward to future generations. Our children must know who they were, what they did and why they did it. To do anything less would be a disservice to their sacrifice.”
Mayor Polly Sierer, who is also a member of the Newark Morning Rotary Club, took time to recognize the 38 city employees who are veterans.
“It is important that we recognize and share the importance of Veterans Day for those who have served and sacrificed, and for future generations to understand and preserve the history of the United States of America,” Sierer said.
The University of Delaware ROTC color guard participates in a Veterans Day ceremony in front of city hall on Monday.
Vinnie Vinciguerra plays the national anthem during a Veterans Day ceremony in front of city hall on Monday.
Paul Keely, a member of the Newark Morning Rotary Club, speaks at a Veterans Day ceremony in front of city hall on Monday.