TAMPA — Veterans Park in Tampa will soon be filled with more than 200 flags, just in time for Veterans Day. A person sponsors a flag in honor of a loved one for $100 as part of "Flags for Hillsborough's Heroes."
What You Need To Know
- Flags for Hillsborough's Heroes to honor vets, teachers, frontline workers
- All proceeds will remain local
- Flags will be displayed at Veterans Park in Tampa
- LINK: Flags for Hillsborough's Heroes
The sponsor keeps the medallion with the name of their loved one. Those honored have included: veterans, first responders, teachers, frontline workers and community leaders. This year marks the second year for the event put on by the Rotary Club of Tampa.
James Adair is honoring a mentor from childhood.
"The reality of him investing into other people’s lives really has come back in ways that we can’t measure and it’s pretty cool to think about the lifelong history that he’s had doing that," Adair said.
The two remain friends today. Adair aknowledges his friend for making a difference doing work for the poor, elderly and disabled through home repair and remodeling.
Jonathan Moore is sponsoring a flag in honor of his late grandfather, a WWII veteran.
"He’s the patriarch of our family," said Moore. "We are who we are because of him. Every move I make, every act of kindness I do, I know that it’s because of Gramps and honoring him is just the right thing to do."
Moore is also sponsoring a niece who works in a local hospital on the frontlines of COVID-19.
The two men are sponsoring flags for the heroes in their lives.
"The definition of a hero is limitless," said Moore.
The flags will wave at Veterans Park November 11-13.
"There’s so many people in our lives that have massive influences on us, we forget to go back and tell them thank you. We forget to go back and tell them the impacts they’ve made, this is a small token, really," said Adair.
A thank you that gives back to the community, all proceeds stay local.
"We plan on giving four $8,000 checks to four nonprofits here at the event and any excess monies will be given away through the Rotary Club’s grant program," said Moore, a past Rotary President. Moore is also an Architect who helped design a way to keep the starts and stripes safe, so the flags can wave while keeping memories closer.
"Dave was one of those few people that come along that shapes your life that when you get a little bit older and you look back and you look back at those people that really made a significant impact for you, those faces come up," said Adair.
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