Ro­tary Club hon­ors vet­er­ans with flag dis­play

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST PHO­TOS BY JOSH SHAN­NON

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.

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