Shelton celebrates heroes at Rotary event

For more than two weeks, Veterans Memorial Park turned into a tribute to the American flag — as well as those residents that have come to be known as heroes.

The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club held its first annual “Flags for Heroes” event, which began with the placement of 205 American flags along the perimeter of the park on May 28 and culminating with a special ceremony Saturday to honor those recognized as heroes.

“Derby-Shelton Rotarians are amazing,” said longtime Rotarian and event Chair Linda Holmes-Hannon. “All our members made this event a huge success. God bless all our heroes.”

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, which featured music, presentation of the colors and speeches from Mayor Mark Lauretti, state Reps. Ben McGorty and Jason Perillo, and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to name a few.

Club President Julie Blakeman said the “heroes” ranged from veterans to current service members, first responders to public safety officials, teachers to coaches, essential workers, and family members.

“Flags for Heroes is an opportunity to honor those individuals who have served our country, our communities, and our families,” Blakeman said. “It is a thoughtful tribute and a breathtaking sight."

Following the event, the personalized commemorative tags will be delivered to all sponsors. The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club retains the flags for use at future events.