The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field completed its second annual “Flags for Heroes” project in Oak Creek this year and its first in South Milwaukee. This multi-purpose event was designed to honor heroes—military and civilian, deceased and living—at a display of 200 American flags placed on the lawn of the Oak Creek Community Center over the Memorial Day weekend and 100 around South Milwaukee City Hall from Flag Day through the Fourth of July.
Funds raised by these events help support RCMF’s charitable and community projects such as the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and VetsNet, families in need, senior citizen organizations and college scholarships for area high school graduating seniors.
The Club offers sponsorships of individual flags for $50 each and is working to expand the sponsorship program by providing the opportunity for corporations and small businesses to both support the project and to receive recognition as community partners.
The Flags for Heroes concept was brought to the Mitchell Field Club by member Tamara Morgan when she moved from her previous club in Delaware to the Milwaukee area.
In addition to raising funds through Flags for Heroes sponsorships, RCMF rented 50 of its flags for a small fee to another club for a display in its community. The two-year revenue raised by this project totals nearly $8,000.