November 18, 2019
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‘Flags for Heroes’ to take over The Maine Mall for first time on 9/11 anniversary

Community Author: Charlie Frair
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PORTLAND — The Portland Rotary Club and the Maine Mall are working in partnership to honor our local heroes by displaying 100 American flags — each representing a hero — at the Maine Mall beginning Sept. 11, a fitting day to acknowledge community members who have made a difference. The flags will be shown in the mall for the following week.

Heroes can be veterans, first responders, business owners, or volunteers any person who’s made a difference in the lives of others and contributes to making our community a more open, safe and vibrant place to live.

“All of us have people who’ve made our lives better,” rotarian Paul Tully said. “This is a chance to say thank you and recognize those people.”

Each flag will be sponsored for $100.  A plaque attached to the flag will show the name of each hero and can be taken home by its sponsor at the end of the week.  The money raised will be put back into the community through Rotary projects. Rotary is committed to having this project be an annual event.

Rotarian Charlie Frair said, “I appreciate the opportunity Rotary is providing me to say thank you and publicly acknowledge two heroes in my life; my father and the history teacher at my school who also coached my football team.”

About the Rotary Club of Portland, ME

Portland Rotary has over 130 members who volunteer their time, energy and resources, locally and internationally, to improve the lives of those who need our help the most. Locally, their members are involved in a variety of community service projects with a focus on childhood hunger and education. Internationally, the club sends a team of Mainers to the Dominican Republic each year to test and provide children with hearing aids, provide and fit amputees with prosthetics hands that they manufacture with 3D printers, and install household water filters to families and communities who have no other source of clean, drinkable water. To learn more about Portland Rotary, visit portlandrotary.org.